Autumn Blaze maple not growing...

SVTterminator(5 Chicago)July 3, 2014

In zone 5 Chicago area. Paid over $300 to have this planted last year. It's planted in heavy clay and rocky soil. The leaves are turning brown and somewhat red. I bought this as the nursery said it was a fast grower. Is it dying? Anything I can do to help it?

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SVTterminator(5 Chicago)

Here's another picture. Any guidance would be appreciated.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2014 at 3:17PM
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toronado3800 Zone 6 StLouis(6)

Sorry for the delay.

It looks rough. My guess is the rough winter had the soil frozen and orevented moisture from getting to the roots. If there is a warranty think about collecting on it.

Not that I think we can do much for the tree, but if you can post a pic of where the trunk meets the dirt I would he interested.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2014 at 10:54PM
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SVTterminator(5 Chicago)

thanks for the reply. Unfortunately since I had my landscaper plant this tree there is no warranty.

If there is anything I can do to save it please let me know. Pictures below.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2014 at 10:41PM
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SVTterminator(5 Chicago)

Pic of base

    Bookmark   July 6, 2014 at 10:44PM
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SVTterminator(5 Chicago)

Pic 2

    Bookmark   July 6, 2014 at 10:45PM
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IanW Zone 5 Ont. Can.

Looks like it was planted a bit deep....don't see the root flare...but since it is newly planted, be patient.....the tree is trying to get established.....takes a number of seasons for the feeder roots to grow......just keep it watered .....

    Bookmark   July 8, 2014 at 8:07AM
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SVTterminator(5 Chicago)

Thanks! Should I dig up the base to expose the root flare?

    Bookmark   July 8, 2014 at 10:39AM
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SVTterminator(5 Chicago)

I think they planted this tree too deeply. Here is a pic of how deep I had to dig to find the root flare. They also have weed prevention fabric. Should I remove all the soil?

    Bookmark   July 9, 2014 at 9:47AM
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SVTterminator(5 Chicago)

Another picture. Sorry for all the questions. Hope to save this tree.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2014 at 9:49AM
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SVTterminator(5 Chicago)

Anyone?

    Bookmark   July 10, 2014 at 10:19PM
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sunnyside3(Z5)

Hi,
It does look like it was planted a little too deep but now that I see you've uncovered the root flare, it might be okay.
I would contact the landscaper and try and get my money back though, seems to me the landscaper should know better than to plant a tree like that. Looks like they didn't amend the soil at all either.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2014 at 2:41PM
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SVTterminator(5 Chicago)

Thanks sunnyside3. I'm learning so much as I go. I'm going to matters into my own hand. I don't trust that awful landscaper. I'll clear off the mud. Should I apply a tad bit of fertilizer?

    Bookmark   July 12, 2014 at 3:12PM
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elektron_tw

I wouldn't fertilize it. It's never a good idea to fertilize a stressed tree. Keep the root flare exposed and give it deep waterings once the soil is almost dry.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 2:43AM
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SVTterminator(5 Chicago)

Thanks Elecktron!

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 11:58AM
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j0nd03

The tree should be dug up this fall after it goes dormant and planted correctly with the root flare slightly above grade!

    Bookmark   July 15, 2014 at 12:51PM
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tenacre(Z5 SW MI)

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Below is a link to another Autumn Blaze thread that might be of interest

Here is a link that might be useful: another recent Autumn Blaze thread

    Bookmark   July 15, 2014 at 1:11PM
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SVTterminator(5 Chicago)

Thanks tenacre that link provided me with hope.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2014 at 1:24PM
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