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  • Writer's pictureKelly Robinson

Maple tree chlorosis is issue in Denver, here's why.


Maple trees are low in iron in Denver, Colorado
Chlorosis in maples is very common here in Denver Colorado and need to be treated by professionals like Colorado Premier Tree Care!

Chlorosis is a condition that occurs when a tree is not able to produce enough chlorophyll, the green pigment that is responsible for photosynthesis. Chlorosis can be caused by a variety of factors, including nutrient deficiencies, pests, and diseases. When a tree is suffering from chlorosis, its leaves will turn yellow or pale green, and the tree may appear stunted or sickly.

Trees that are most commonly affected by chlorosis in Colorado include Maple, Oak, Birch, and Elm. These trees are particularly susceptible to chlorosis caused by iron deficiency, a common problem in Colorado's alkaline soils. In fact, the soil pH levels in Colorado can range from slightly acidic to alkaline, and this can affect the tree's ability to absorb some essential nutrients, like iron.

There are several remedies that can be used to treat chlorosis. One of the most effective is to correct the underlying nutrient deficiencies. For example, if the tree is suffering from iron chlorosis, the soil can be amended with iron chelate, which is a form of iron that is easily taken up by plants. This can be done by applying iron chelate to the soil around the base of the tree, or by applying a foliar spray of iron chelate directly to the leaves.

Another remedy is to acidify the soil. This can be done by applying sulfur or by incorporating organic matter, such as peat moss, into the soil. These materials can lower the pH of the soil, making it more acidic and more conducive to nutrient uptake.

Another remedy is to water the tree properly. Many trees that are suffering from chlorosis are also suffering from drought stress. Watering the tree deeply and regularly can help to improve the tree's health by reducing stress and promoting healthy growth.

It's important to note that it's also important to consult with a certified arborist, who can diagnose the problem and recommend the best course of action.

Chlorosis is a common problem we see in Littleton, Cenntenial, and Highlands Ranch. One reason it is common in the south metro is because soil excavation when the developments were being built. The top soil was scrapped, churned, turned and mixed in with deeper soil with no biotic substance and often less favorable for root growth and develpment...this is what Littleton, Cenntenial, and Highlands Ranch houses are built on. Then the home owner plants trees in the this soil( often too acidic) which leads to the iron not being available which leads to....you got it ! Chlorosis !

Contact Colorado Premier Tree care today to stave off your Chlorotic trees and shrubs!

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