Problem with Crimson King Maple
I am looking for suggestions on how to help my maples. I purchased 2 Crimson King Maples 5/2/2008. It was a new lot just north of Baltimore Maryland. The land is just under an acre which had previously been heavily wooded. The wooded area was completely leveled by the builder prior to my purchase.
The ground is hard orange clay with a lot of granite-like rock mixed in. I dug the holes myself and kept the root base level with the top of the hole instead of 20% above which I was later told should have been done.
They are located in an area which gets full sun almost all day for one of them and 3/4 of the day for the other. The rainfall has been non-existent this summer. In fact it has rained twice in the last 2 1/2 months at my house. I use the large gator bags and fill fill them daily around 5pm, occasionally, but not often missing a day. I also spray down the leaves when I fill the bags. I also used a product which is supposed to help prevent transplant shock once a week for the first 8 weeks and then every month thereafter. The solution contains 1-Naphthalene Acetic Acid, Vitamin B-1, Thiamine, etc.
The trees are growing and have actually grown about 1 and 1/2 to 2 feet since they were planted. However, the leaves constantly look contracted like a a half-clinched fist. They also have a burnt or at least singed look to them.
I would wonder if I was over watering them except for the constant burnt look. Also, the one which gets less sun is doing slightly better although still has the same wilted look. Did I plant them too deep in an unfavorable soil? Are they getting some type of root rot? Any suggestion on how to help them would be greatly appreciated.