Does Your Tree Have Iron Chlorosis? Here Are the Signs

Have you recently noticed yellow or wilting leaves on your trees? If so, your tree may have a condition known as iron chlorosis. Although relatively unknown, chlorosis iron deficiency impacts many trees in Littleton, CO. Chlorosis seems to be particularly common in aspen and maple trees.

If you notice the signs of iron chlorosis in your trees, such as yellow leaves, you’ll want to consult with a professional as soon as possible so that they can diagnose the problem. If the diagnosis is confirmed, they will help come up with a plan to cure it. You can also prevent iron chlorosis in the future by investing in regular fertilizer treatments that are high in iron.

What are the symptoms of iron chlorosis?

There are multiple symptoms you can look for if you suspect your tree could be dealing with iron chlorosis. While the tell-tale sign is yellow tree leaves, leaves that wilt, curl or become thin and brittle can also signify the onset of iron chlorosis. Sometimes the edges of the leaves will retain their dark green color, and just the part of the leaf between the veins and edges fade into yellow or light green.

What should you do if your trees show signs of iron deficiency?

If your tree is showing signs of an iron deficiency, you’ll want to take immediate action to get the situation rectified as quickly as possible. Your best bet will be to call a professional company that specializes in tree health. While there may be a variety of professionals who are advertising their services, you’ll want to look for a company that employs a certified arborist. An arborist will be able to quickly identify if your tree is in fact dealing with an iron deficiency, and if that is the case, they will be able to come up with a treatment plant to get your tree back to full health.

How to Prevent Iron Chlorosis

A tree specialist spraying a shrub with iron chlorosis treatment in Centennial, CO.

When it comes to iron chlorosis, preventing it is always going to be better than curing it. The best way to do that is to ensure your tree has a sufficient supply of iron throughout the year. A common way to do that is to introduce iron-rich fertilizer to your soil. This type of fertilizer will deliver iron, as well as a variety of other essential nutrients, to ensure your tree has everything that it needs to thrive.

To ensure that the fertilizer you are using is most effective, it should be delivered to your trees via trunk injection. In doing so, the iron will quickly travel from the base of your tree upward and to your tree’s extremities. For best results, you should schedule fertilizer treatments in both the spring and fall.

Fertilization in the spring will help stimulate growth and fertilization in the fall will help your trees stay healthy through the winter season.

Nurse your tree back to health with our iron fertilizer treatments. Call us today!

If you’re concerned your tree isn’t receiving the iron it needs to maintain good health, it’s best to seek the services of a licensed tree specialist or arborist. Here at Tree Keepers, our licensed and ISA-certified arborists are trained in treating iron chlorosis. We work with business owners, residents, and HOA’s, and our service area includes Littleton, Golden, Broomfield, and surrounding areas in Colorado.

If you’re in the vicinity, we can test your soil, and if there’s a problem, we’ll help nurture your tree back to optimal health with our iron-rich fertilizer treatments. Don’t put it off; if you suspect your tree is sick, contact us today at  (970) 465-2474 to schedule our tree fertilizer treatment.

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