So how is your Summer going? If I were to describe the Summer of 2017 in one word, it would be "Wet." I'm sure you would agree.

One tell tale sign of this fact aside from the continual rain, thunderstorms and flooding, are the leaves falling from some of the trees in the area. I noticed this in my backyard a few weeks ago but didn't really think much about it, until I took a good look at the trees and noticed how much they had thinned out. The ground is ready to be raked up and it's in the middle of August.

As we mentioned in an article recently - New York State environmental officials say maple trees have been affected by a black spot mold as a result of all that precipitation we've been blessed with.Their advice is to rake up the leaves to keep the infestation from recurring in the spring and your tree(s) should bounce back.

My question is, if I don't dispose of those leaves (and what do you do with them) will my trees die? I have noticed a lot of trees in the Southern Tier and Northeast Pa affected by this mold, including a couple at my campground.

On the plus side, my tomato plants are doing well. So well in fact, that some are already ripe and ready to pick.