Sugar maple leaves turning color and falling in mid July

Asked August 21, 2015, 8:15 AM EDT

I have a sugar maple tree that is probably 50 years old and has always been healthy (so I think), but the last couple of years the leaves will turn color and fall in mid July. It is beside my house (beside the foundation) and does not get much water, even if it rains. Any suggestions?

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1 Response

Early fall coloration is an indicator of stress. Lack of water is a definite stress. Being right next to a house is another stress. Watering the tree deeply when there is little rain is a good idea. You might consider planting another shade tree about 20 feet or more away from your house and eventually removing the one that is right next to your house.