Question From: L. Gates - Livonia, Missouri, United States
Q: I have a sweet gum tree that is approx. 9 years old, this spring (2014) the leaves are slow to come out and are sparse. I'm not sure if it is a northern or southern variety, we had a severe winter in northern Missouri this past winter. Today is Memorial Day and the leaves are about 50% out, they are different sizes. The top is leaved out the most. Thank You,
There is little you can do but to keep it well watered. All trees were slow to leaf out this year. Most Decideous trees have the ability to produce 2 sets of leaves, so in time the tree should produce a full set if it is healthy. You might fertlize it with Espoma Tree Tone or other organic fertlizer following package directions - more is not better. Also mulch with 3 inches of good organic mulch such as wood chips. Good Luck and Happy Yardening, Nancy.