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Autumn Blaze maple not growing...

Posted by SVTterminator 5 (My Page) on
Thu, Jul 3, 14 at 23:11

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


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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.


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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.


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Pic of base


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Pic 2


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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 .....


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


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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?


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


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Anyone?


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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.


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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?


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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.


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Thanks Elecktron!


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


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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


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Thanks tenacre that link provided me with hope.


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