The Q&A Archives: Red Maple Shade Tree

Question: We planted four Red Maple trees (Acer Rubrum)
about two and a half months ago and planted them
as instructed, digging a hole 3 times the size
deep and wide with a well around putting miracle
grow solution mixed in with the soil before
placing the tree in the ground and then putting
fertilizer spikes on top and watered daily for a
few weeks and now water about twice a week. The
leaves are turning brown around the edges and spotting. Some of the leaves are half brown. I
cut away the brown spots on the affected leaves as
best I could but one tree has every leaf affected.
I also sprayed with Seven and now can only wait
and see what will happen unless I get some help
from you. The leaves seem to be hit by something
like a blight rather than a bug as the leaves don't seem to be eaten away. Our area has had
a four month rainless period with a heavy rain
finally coming a few days ago but I have watered
the trees pretty good to make up for it.

Waiting anxiously for any help I can get.

Colleen and Joe Glossup

Thank You in advance.

Answer: Coleen,

I am sorry for this delayed reply to your gardening question. The spring rush has brought a deluge of questions and we are working hard to catch up!

The symptoms on you maple point to root problems. You did a great job on everything you mentioned. I suspect soggy roots or possible too much fertilizer salts in the root zone are involved. There is no remedy now but to give it time and don't overwater. Hopefully it is in a bright spot but with plenty of shaded from the mid to late day sun. Otherwise the symtoms will likely get worse.

Thanks for the question. Best wishes for a wonderful gardening season. Please stop in again soon!

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