Trees are supposed to lose their leaves in fall. But when it happens in the summer time, it's not a good sign. Does that mean the end is near? Patrick Murphy, host of GLT's Grow helps a listener who fears losing a tree.
- Dave in Kansas is concerned about his Katsura tree, which he planted two years ago.
- After a dry summer in eastern Kansas, the tree had been losing its leaves. After a rainy period, the leaves began to reemerge. Dave wonders about its future.
- Murph explained that a newly planted tree needs lots and lots of water, not just for a few days or week, but for years. To help the plant establish, it needs good long drinks. It's possible Dave's tree didn't get enough water in its early days.
- The clay soil also doesn't't help matters.
- Murph recommends that Dave make sure his Katsura tree has plenty of water to solve the leaf issue.