Autumn cold puts color on our leaves.
This winter’s drought will put holes in them.
The unusual drought in much of the Northeast is expected to persist through the winter, posing problems for farmers, private well owners, even ski resorts. If your town has water restrictions that usually terminate with autumn rains and winter snow, they may need to stay in place.
The most noticeable damage from drought, however, may be to maples, oaks, and other trees. When winter moths hatch in March or April, they start eating flowers and leaves, even before the buds open. Two or three years of such damage usually kills a tree.
Spraying at a particular moment in the the moths’ growth cycle can help reduce their number. Be watchful and get professional advice on the spraying process, and you’ll have a chance to protect your favorite trees.