Officially Fall

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It’s now officially fall but you might have noticed the leaves on the trees already started changing colors.

Usually this is a bad sign but Kansas State University Horticulturist Ward Upham says not to worry.  Upham says this year some totally healthy trees are showing the early fall coloration so you need to look at the tree to see if it’s healthy or under a great deal of stress.  You can tell if it’s a healthy tree by looking at the branches, if the leaves come directly off the stem, that means they’re new.

Upham says if the tree has at least six inches of new growth, then it’s healthy, even if it’s already turning red.  He says the change in color is because of the cooler summer temperatures.

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