Answer: Japanese Maples prefer soil that is light, well draining and slightly acidic. If you live in an area where azaleas, rhododendrons, and dogwood trees grow naturally, it is a good bet that the soil is ideal for Japanese Maples. If you do not live in such an area, you may want to amend the soil used for planting with pine bark mulch to improve drainage. You should also apply a heavy layer of mulch (approx. 4 inches), using coarse pine bark mulch or nuggets after you have finished planting.
To plant, dig a hole as deep and slightly wider than the nursery container. Rough up the sides and bottom of the hole with a shovel and the unpot your maple by laying it on its side and pulling off the container. Set the rootmass into the hole and backfill around the roots, tamping down as you go. Your maple should be at the same soil level as it was growing in the container. Water well to help settle the soil and then spread bark mulch over the soil. Enjoy your new tree!
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