Fall is near and that means nicer weather and pretty colors will begin to show up in Eastern Kentucky. Officials say some of us may have seen some of the colors a bit too early. Officials say that could be a part of a bigger problem. While many think the weather could be causing the change, experts say it’s actually been a good weather year for the trees. Leaves can change early for many reasons like stress, insects and disease. Ellen Crocker, a Post Doctoral Scholar with the Kentucky Forestry Extension group says this is bacterial leaf scorch. It’s a regular problem and while it can affect many trees, it’s a big issue for our mature pin oaks and red oaks. She says trees that are planted and surrounded by concrete can have more stress than normal as their roots have less room to spread and the ability to access water. This can also contribute to leaves changing colors earlier than normal.
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