It's not too late to give your trees some extra water to help them through the winter, and we've luckily had some rain lately, with more in the forecast. A nice mulch of nutrient-rich compost or manure in the spring will also help them recover, according to the article. Personally, I'm still hoping that it's not too late for a little fall colour. I saw a cotoneaster hedge starting to show some beautiful reds today, so maybe there's still hope for the mountain ash that I usually count on.
On the same topic as my recent post about why trees lose their leaves, there is an interesting article in today's Edmonton Journal about why the leaves aren't falling this year, and how that will affect the trees. As Dave mentioned in a comment on this blog, the nutrients the trees were storing in their leaves became "trapped" there during a sudden hard freeze, according to this article. When you combine those lost nutrients with the stress many trees are already experiencing from the dry summer, there is the potential for a lot of damage to trees this winter.
Posted by Cassandra on Thursday, October 22, 2009