I have two mature Chinese elms in my front yard. Suddenly during the last two weeks, large amounts of leaves are turning yellow and falling. I never had this problem before in May. (All leaves drop annually over three months from late October to early January.) I think watering is adequate as I am following a similar schedule to previous years. When leaves started dropping, I applied a long slow soak and have done the same more frequently than usual. Is there anything else I should do? Can it be determined if some branches are dead, and if so, should they be removed to save the trees? What costs are involved with having someone come out to do an onsite evaluation?
Bartlett does not charge any fees to have an arborist come out to look at the tree and see what's going on with it. There are two main reasons the leaves on trees turn yellow and drop. The first one is the tree could be lacking of nutrients needed. Have you fed the trees every year, every six months, or not at all? The second reason is that the trees are getting too much water and not drying out in between waterings. This could be because the soil is not draining properly or they are getting watered too often. Are they in a grass lawn area or a desert landscape? You can check this yourself by sticking a pencil down about six inches in the ground and seeing if the dirt is still wet. Make an appointment and we can come out at a set date and time.
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