Tulip Tree Leaves Got Filled With Holes Turned Brown And Started Dropping Early

Question From: Mantua, Ohio, United States
Q: I have 6 very large tulip trees in the front and side of my house. Many others in our neighborhood. Well over 50 years old. In mid summer the leaves where filled with holes, turned brown and died and starting dropping mid July.The trees are already half bare and it is only mid September. Someone told they where tulip tree beetles. Will they die over the winter or will this now be a regular occurence. They are way too high to spray etc. I have been told they won't kill the tree.

A: Lios,If they were my trees would get an onsite inspection from a certified arborist. They can administer a pesticide via injection at the right time that may save your trees. The loss of leaves will eventually weaken the trees to the point they die. Removal will be very expensive. To find a professional in your area go to www.tcia.org and enter your zip code. Good Luck, Nancy