Japanese Maples forum: Early trouble with a young maple

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Name: Deb
Planet Earth (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Organic Gardener Birds Dragonflies Ferns Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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Bonehead
May 30, 2018 12:16 PM CST
I planted a fairly large (14') sapling of Acer rubrum 'Franksred' as a memory tree for my good dog Frankie. It's in my front field in full sun, mulched with cardboard covered with bedding chips. I have a hose running out to it and have been watering it under the cardboard. Not every day, but often (depending on how much or little rain we get). I went to check on it and find this:

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Any ideas? I have many Japanese maples, sycamore maples, vine maples, and big leaf maples. I've never had any particular problem with any of them, although I've never paid this close attention to them.
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Name: Daniel Erdy
Catawba SC (Zone 7b)
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ediblelandscapingsc
Aug 28, 2018 11:04 AM CST
Aphids, Pear Thrips, and scales feed off leaves and can cause them to discolor and die. You can control these pest with beneficial insects such as ladybugs, lacewigs and parasitic wasps. Thumbs up
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Name: Deb
Planet Earth (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Organic Gardener Birds Dragonflies Ferns Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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Bonehead
Aug 28, 2018 11:38 AM CST
I just checked it the other day (while watering in) and the bug problem is still there but doesn't seem to be exploding so I will likely just let it run its course and hope for the best. Perhaps whatever is eating it will go away when it drops leaves. I'll try to remember to rake up the leaves, although this tree is out in my front field so that will be a bit of a challenge.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Daniel Erdy
Catawba SC (Zone 7b)
Pollen collector Fruit Growers Permaculture Hybridizer Plant and/or Seed Trader Organic Gardener
Daylilies Region: South Carolina Garden Ideas: Level 2 Garden Photography Herbs Region: United States of America
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ediblelandscapingsc
Aug 28, 2018 11:48 AM CST
Thank goodness it's only a little problematic and not covering all your maples. Thanks for the update Thumbs up
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