Early turning burning bushes
"I have three burning bushes that are nine years old. Two get afternoon sun and one gets morning sun. I live in northeasten Pennsylvania. For the past two years these bushes have suddenly decided to turn color early and by the end of August have dropped their leaves. Today, July 4th, I noticed that it is happening again. There is a faint reddish tinge to the leaves and some of the leaves are starting to curl. Any ideas as to why this is happening?"
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"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"

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