Bacterial Leaf Scorch

Bacterial Leaf Scorch Attacks New Jersey's Oak Trees

Back in October 2002, New Jersey's Office of Government Services put out a press release advising residents of Bacterial Leaf Scorch (BLS) infestation. Bacterial leaf scorch is a chronic, eventually fatal, tree disease that is most noticeable in the early fall. Symptoms include premature leaf browning, marginal necrosis and defoliation. The disease attacks various oak and fruit trees and, if extensive, the tree will often have to be removed.

Unfortunately, there is no cure for BLS, but with proper maintenance, a tree's life can be extended. Use of beneficial insects, watering during dry periods and removal of unhealthy branches can all help.

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