Troubleshooting A Tree With Brown Leaves

Posted on: 4 June 2018

The leaves on your trees provide a beautiful canopy within your yard, and can be an extremely significant portion of your landscaping design and aesthetic. However, while leaves will naturally change colors and fall off during the fall season, browning and falling leaves in the spring and summer months can point to several serious health concerns for your trees. Understanding what some of the most common reasons for out of season browning and leaf shedding can help you maintain the health of your trees and the appearance of your yard and landscape.


One of the most common reasons why your tree's leaves may be falling off out of season is because they are being scorched dry by the heat of the sun. This will show up on the highest and most exposed leaves on your tree, and then will spread to the rest as they begin to shrivel up and fall off. Sometimes, leaf scorching is caused by a simple lack of watering, but it can also be caused by too much fertilizer in the soil or a lack of trimming over time. A tree professional will be able to test your soil and examine your tree and determine the best course of action for you moving forward.

Soil Problems

Another issue that can cause leaf browning out of season is because of problems with the soil surrounding the base of your tree. You should inspect the area to see if there is evidence of heavy erosion, which means that the landscaping design is causing improper drainage and may be leaching nutrients out of the soil. On the other hand, if fungus, pests, or signs of physical damage exist around the base of the trunk, you may have a diseased or damaged tree that is in the process of dying. A tree care professional will be able to determine if you are able to treat your tree, or if cutting it down is the best course of action to keep your yard safe.


Finally, if you notice that your leaves are not browning all at once, but are rather browning along the veins within the leaves and spreading outwards, your tree may be suffering from shock. This occurs either because of a rapid and drastic change in the surrounding environment, which the tree is unable to handle properly, or because the tree has been transplanted into a new environment in which it is struggling to adjust to. In order to reverse this project, careful fertilization and watering of the base of the tree is needed over an extended period of time to ensure that it is getting the proper amount of water and nutrients.

Contact a tree service, like Able Scape, Inc, for more help.