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QUESTION: What is wrong with our maple tree?

comments (2) June 28th, 2012

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sehilbert sehilbert, member
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I planted an October Glory maple tree in November of 2010.   Over the past week or so, the leaves have turned from green to white/ blackish looking.  We have had extreme heat (90-100 degrees) lately with little rain.  We have tried to keep up with regular watering with a  sprinkler in the yard the tree is in. I was writing for suggestions on how to treat the tree so that we may save it? Does it need direct water? Is this a disease that is not related to watering? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated as we want to keep our little tree alive!

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Azuremaple writes: if you aren't over watering it and you have sandy soil then all the water might drain off too fast, if thats the case you want to try to amend the soil around the tree with compost or peat moss... something to help retain water better.
Posted: 3:11 am on July 14th
Azuremaple writes: Maybe you are over-watering it? It seems like you might be overestimating the effects of hot weather on the plant and maybe giving it too much water. the symptoms of over-watering are the same as under-watering, because when you over-water the roots begin to decay and the plant can't get water.

try to check the first few feet of dirt to see if it's still moist or not, if you have clayish dirt it probably is.

trees are supposed to be watered deeply and infrequently, not really regularly and shallowly, try to water it separately from the sprinkler and less often, if you find the ground to be moist.

if that isn't the case it's either a disease of some sort or the sun is just too hot for it...
Posted: 3:09 am on July 14th
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