Shadblow Leaves Turning Orange Brown And Falling Off

Question From: New York, United States
Q: some of the leaves on my Shadblow have turned orange/brown and are falling off ....and it's only the end of June.....would appreciate any help

A: Kate, Your shadblow was in stress all last summer from heat and drought. Hopefully you did not ply it with chemical fertilizers which will further stress it. The best thing you can do for your shrub/tree is mulch around the base with 3 inches of organic mulch such as bark ships and water it weekly if Mother Nature does not give it an inch or an inch and a half of rain. The soil should be kept moist but not sodden. In fall fertilize by sprinkling Espoma Tree Tone or another organic fertilizer on the surface of the mulch under the canopy of the tree. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy.