Experts and BHG readers answer.
Early turning burning bushes
"Trees and shrubs that turn color early are usually under stress. Look for things such as mechanical damage to stems, construction damage to roots, drought, or pests. Make sure your shrubs have adequate water and good soil (a shot of slow-release fertilizer in late spring is good). Mulch with shredded leaves or wood chips to protect the soil surface from drying and cracking.
Luke Miller, editor
Garden Ideas & Outdoor Living magazine"