Q. In recent weeks a number of tree disease outbreaks were reported. What can homeowners do to protect trees from diseases?
A. "Since many areas of the state are experiencing drought, start by watering your trees," said Jana Albers, DNR forest health specialist. "Lack of water causes trees to die or become infected with diseases. Wherever possible, give your trees about one inch of water each week.
"In addition to watering, placing organic mulch about two to three inches deep around the base of the trees guards against lawn mower injury and keeps roots moist. Avoid using weed and feed fertilizer, which contains herbicide. It might make your lawn look good, but it kills tree roots. Pick up fallen leaves and tree branches to prevent the spread of tree diseases now and next spring."
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