2008 Fall Leaf Colors A Bust

I hate to say that I was right, but just take a look at the fall color this year. Actually, it's an exact repeat of last year.

Most of the leaves have turned color or even have fallen off well before the rich autumn colors have had a chance to even show their colors. We weren't the only area to have dull color change. As I went West last week to Kansas, the same conditions existed in Kentucky, Indiana, and even most of Illinois.

What happened to our beautiful colors was rather predictable this year. The chlorophyll that makes the leaves green, slowly decreases production way before it was supposed to and was directly related to the drought we are in. What you want to happen is to have all the green chlorophyll stop production all at once because of a heavy frost, freeze, or better yet, both. That way the green disappears quickly, leaving the natural colors we are used to seeing like the bright oranges, reds, yellows and purples.

When the green tones started to demise earlier (caused by the drought), we were left with what you see outdoors now, a less than strikingly beautiful fall colors. Hopefully, the cold temperatures we have experienced the last few days might save some of the color, but don't bank on it.

Switching to your lawn---this fall with your landscape trees dropping their leaves slowly over a longer period than normal this year, you have a chance to either remove them at your convenience or mulch them into your lawn.


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