japanese maple - Knowledgebase Question

morris, Ne
Question by TYRASTURN
May 27, 2010
We planted 2 trees last spring and 1 of them is not doing well. The leaves have gone brown and falling off. I have noticed that the trunk has green on it. The other one did the same thing with the leaves but has come back. Any HELP will be great! Thanks

Answer from NGA
May 27, 2010


Because your tree leafed out and then began showing signs of distress, the problem is most likely with the roots and some kind of water stress. Overly wet soils can cause problems by suffocating the roots (saturated soils have no oxygen). It may be that the soil is not draining well enough to suit your tree. Or, it might be that it is not getting enough water. Try digging down near the roots of the tree to assess the situation. If the soil is soggy you may need to move your tree to higher ground; if the soil is dry, you'll need to concentrate on watering deeply enough to get the entire root mass wet when you do water. Usually one deep soaking per week is all your trees will need but you can water twice a week during hot weather. Hope you figure out just what's going on with your tree!

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