Newly planted trees may experience transplant stress which manifests as leaf drop and/or browning of leaves. Some trees planted this spring are experiencing this stress. It has been compounded by the lack of rainfall during the peak of summer heat that we are experiencing. There is a crew that provides watering to augment natural rainfall on a normal watering schedule. Starting this week, we will also add irrigation (gator) bags to stressed trees that will slowly release water between scheduled waterings during the remaining part of the growing season.
Although some trees may appear nearly dead from a distance, upon close inspection by ISA certified arborists, the trees have healthy new buds and new green leaves emerging. The additional water released from the irrigation bags should provide some much needed relief to support these trees during this unexpected, dry season.