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Is your maple tree dropping leaves? A pest is probably to blame

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POSEY CO., IN (WFIE) -

Spring is usually when we expect to see lush green trees, but that's not the case this year.

Local horticulturalists are getting calls from people saying their maple trees are losing bushels of leaves. 

14 News spoke with John Neufelder, a horticulturalist at the Purdue Extension in Posey County.

He tells us that when maple trees start dropping leaves in the middle of May or June, it usually means the Maple Petiole Borer is the culprit.

The pest chews off a piece of the stem where it meets the leaf right here and it falls to the ground.

There isn't anything you can do. In fact, he says the problem will eventually go away itself.

A bigger issue, he says is that we might start to see the impact the drought had on trees last year.

"We may see some trees dying off this year," said Neufelder. "Especially if it turns off dry early and we get an extended dry period like we did last summer."

Neufelder's tip is to baby your trees. If the weather gets dry, make sure you water them more often.

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