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Fungus turning trees black

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BLACK HAWK COUNTY (KWWL) - Iowa State University Extension in Black Hawk County has received a significant number of reports concerning local maple trees.

Due to a cool wet spring, maple trees are susceptible to a fungus that causes leaves to turn black and fall off.

People with this problem are recommenced to rake up and destroy the leaves, and not mulch or compost the leaves, to help prevent the spread of the fungus. This is primarily a cosmetic problem, not a fatal one, so people should follow these guidelines to give trees time to recover.

"Really good news is this is happening early enough in the season that in all likely hood the trees are going to re-foliate, in fact I just received a call this morning about one tree that is already starting to re-bud and set some new leaves," said Julie Evenson, Consumer Horticulturist.

Evenson also says that the trees could start to re-bud within the next several weeks and urges people to be patient but whatever you do, do not cut down the tree.

 

Online Producer: Maria Magner

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