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Cool, Wet Weather Could Affect Trees

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It's been a cooler summer than most this year, and before we know it tree leaves will be changing colors.

"Weather wise the trees are starting to get hardened off getting ready for fall," says Bismarck City Forester Jackson Bird.

Bismarck City Forester Jackson Bird says while the current cool, wet weather most likely isn't doing major damage to the trees, it could intensify fungal problems, especially for Elms and Green Ash.

"This time of year we start to see some of those fungal problems cause the leaves to turn a little yellow," says Bird.

Bird says Green Ash trees are sparse in foliage this year that could be the result of fungal problems or harsh winters.

"This year has just been a weird year for all sorts of insects and disease problems," says Bird.

Bird says the Bismarck Forestry Office has received many calls about fall webworm already as well.

"Usually we see it a little later in September, but it started popping up a couple of weeks ago," says Bird.

But, Bird says there are ways to homeowners can protect trees in their own backyard.

He says raking off leaves, not watering trees until soil has dried and pruning in the winter can prevent fungal and bacterial issues.

But, he says identifying the problem first is key.

"You need to know what the life cycle of the disease is before you start doing any treatments," says Bird.

Bird says the best time to take care of fungal issues is in the spring.

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