Trees in shade are trees in distress

Leaves are the food producers of the tree. Leaves have cells with chloroplasts that contain a green pigment called chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is the primary leaf pigment that absorbs the sunlight. The energy of the sun is collected in the chloroplasts where in a reaction called photosynthesis it is converted to…

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Rust Disease

Rust in another common problem affecting our local plant life.  Unlike Fire Blight, Rust Disease is caused by a fungal infection rather than bacteria.  The leaves are most commonly affected by this disease and cause a brown “rust like” color to form.  Rust should be treated by clearly raking the…

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Fire Blight

Fire Blight is a new bacteria killing off trees that have berries and fruit.  It causes the leaves to wilt and almost look like they were in a fire.  The most common trees affected in our area are Service Berry, Hawthorn, Pear, Apple and Crab Apple, Rose and Spirea.  All…

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