Japanesse bloodgood maple - Knowledgebase Question

Yorkville, Il
Question by cmartinez124
May 2, 2010
our Japanese tree came back beautiful this year, but after we put a tree fertilizer spike and we had some pretty cold/windy temperatures now the leaves are druppy and dry, was the fertilizer the cause and what can I do to fix

Answer from NGA
May 2, 2010


Fertilizer spikes are slow release sources of nitrogen so I don't think the spikes are responsible for the damage, unless you used too many spikes, placed too close together. Instead, I think the new leaves were tender enough to suffer wind and cold damage from your recent storm. It's early enough in the season that the maple will probably drop the damaged leaves and replace them with healthy new leaves. Hope it's soon!

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