My tree doesn't have any leaves, is it dead?
Maybe not. There are many reasons trees drop leaves. This is a defense mechanism for trees to survive periods of stress, either natural or induced. During the drought deciduous trees have dropped their leaves early and have leafed out late. Evergreens can also drop their leaves and not be dead. Sometimes an insect or disease causes leaf drop or leaf death. Before you have a tree removed have an arborist check to see if it is truly dead or just dormant.

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1. Should I be watering my trees during the drought?
2. How can I tell if my tree is suffering from the drought?
3. How should I water my tree?
4. Where should I water my tree for the best effect?
5. How can I save water while watering my trees?
6. How can I tell if my tree is getting enough water?
7. Why should I water my trees over other plants in my garden?
8. I have heard it is good to mulch around trees, but also that mulch is a fire hazard. Should I mulch or not?
9. How do trees respond to drought conditions?
10. My tree doesn't have any leaves, is it dead?
11. My tree is fruiting like crazy, what is going on?
12. Should I fertilize my tree if it is stressed?