Answer: It’s likely both. Drought weakens the tree and makes it more susceptible to a fungus that is likely creating brown spots and defoliation.
Because of drought restrictions in Atlanta, I suggest you call an arborist and ask for a quote for deep root watering and then a fertilization in early spring. Call 866-338-9326 if you need a quote.
Frequent and shallow tree watering only undermines the root structure. You need to pump the water into the root zone with a watering spike.
Finally, make sure to rake your leaves as airborne fungi travel on dead leaves.
Don’t wait too long, as this tree preservation job could quickly turn into a tree removal job – and getting a tree removed in Atlanta can be challenging. It can cost a thousand dollars for a tree permit review.
Tree news in Atlanta
Boy, Atlanta is really in the news right now because of these droughts over the past 10 years. According to the New York Times a huge percentage of the trees (such as the enormous population of Magnolia) were all planted 80 years ago and are all dying at the same time.
And the article adds that a tree removal permit alone costs a thousand dollars! Sure, not every tree removal in Atlanta costs of thousand dollars just to get a permit. We’d be curious if any of our readers in the area could chime in on this.
I have a Maple Tree that has been ’fine’ for at least 15 years. It is dropping leaves right now with brown spots on the leaves. Is this due to drought or insect/disease? What to do? Atlanta, GA