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Published June 16, 2011, 08:05 PM

Wet Spring, Fungus Making for a Less Leafy Minnewuakan

Prematurely falling leaves are making parts of the Lake Region look more like fall than late spring.

Prematurely falling leaves are making parts of the Lake Region look more like fall than late spring.

Many people take pride in the trees in their yard, so when they discover that their ash tree is losing its leaves, they get concerned.

"We've been receiving quite a few call people are wondering what's happening with our trees the leaves are falling off," Benson County extension agent Scott Knoke said.

The wet spring can be to blame for the lack of foliage on the ash tree. Ash Anthracnose is a fungal infection trees get during wet spells.

"What it does is it forces the tree to leaf out more than one time, possibly three, four or five times a spring," Knoke said.

If noticed early, the tree can be sprayed with a multi-purpose fungicide and low nitrogren fertilizer.

"It's best done in the spring and that will allow that tree to harden up prior to fall and winter coming," Knoke said.

If it's too late to spray tree owners can make sure to remove the fallen leaves from the area to prevent the spread of the infection.

Although the infection doesn't directly kill the ash trees it does take a lot of energy for them to leaf out that many times a year so the tree is in a weaker condition.

The good news is that once the weather dries up, the trees will get healthier.

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