By Baxter Colburn
Fall tree colors are arriving quicker than many expected. After excessive amounts of rain during the spring and summer months, trees are feeling “stressed-out” says Todd Burke of Dave’s Tree Services. According to Burke, Door County has not seen such rainfall since the 1800’s, making way for early colors showing through. He says the Door County trees are suffering from overexposure to rain, cooler mornings and shorter windows of sunlight. Burke explains why these play such a vital role within a tree’s development.
Other reasons a tree could change colors early is due to it being “under-stress” from either damage or something internally affecting how it grows, says Burke. Often times when a tree is seen changing colors, it is a sign that the tree has given up for the season. Burke is a certified arborist and owner of Dave’s Tree Services, a family business he and his wife, Stephanie, recently took over from his father, Dave Burke.