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In the Garden: Storm damaged trees may have gone unnoticed
Recent hail storms ripped through the area about three weeks ago, but some homeowners are just now noticing damaged done to trees. The June 11th storm packed a powerful punch damaging homes, plants and trees. Huge divots can be seen on fruit, leaves and branches.

The folks at Lynde Greenhouse and Nursery, say they are getting many calls from people, who are wondering if the small holes are caused by bugs.

"It looks more tattered, and they look brown, so now they're thinking they've got bugs, when it doesn't," said gardening expert Donna Atallian.

Hurt or damaged trees can take a lot of time to heal and the bad news is, there isn't much you can do fix hail damaged trees.

Pointing to a damaged leaf, Atallian said, "The leaf is not going to get better, it's always going to look like this. The fruit is going to look like this, but note that the buds are good, the buds for next year are good."

"Whatever you do, don't take the damaged leaves off because trees need as much foliage as they can have," she said.

The garden guru recommends watching a damaged tree, and making sure it gets enough water. You may also want to apply fertilizer.

Local apple orchards might also be affected by the hail storm, this fall supply could be impacted due to damaged fruit.

Lynde Greenhouse and Nursery also was impacted by the storm.  They are discounting damaged trees.


Sonya Goins, reporting
sgoins@ccxmedia.org

July 6, 2017

 

 
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