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What is wrong with this thing??

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by deere ZTR, Jun 30, 2003.

  1. deere ZTR

    deere ZTR LawnSite Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 84

    Any thoughts on whats going wrong with this tree its a Dwarf Jap Maple this is the second one in the same spot to do this!!

  2. kris

    kris LawnSite Bronze Member
    from nowhere
    Posts: 1,579

    it's dying
  3. kickin sum grass

    kickin sum grass LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 628

    good answer kris. Just had to laugh. What are the site conditions? soil type, need a soil test or could send a clipping and do a culture test. Is it in new construction, any soil admendments, watering - too much to little, any signs of insect. Lots of different things. If you could expand on some or all, maybe a broader picture of the location and direction (n,s,e,w) might help too.
  4. fblandscape

    fblandscape Banned
    Posts: 776

    I'm gonna take a guess and say that it is scorch.
  5. deere ZTR

    deere ZTR LawnSite Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 84

    I cant really tell ya much more on conditions or I would have already. Its in the sun most all day except in real late in the afternoon. As for watering they claim they are watering it but I think its probably just a beer can watering deal. It is planted on the east side of the house and surounded buy red lava rock. Its right next to a bunch of evergreen bushes that have been there forever. I'm thinking that its burnt??
  6. kickin sum grass

    kickin sum grass LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 628

    could be, the lava rock will probably help increase the heat issue.
  7. joshua

    joshua LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,226

    looks like it hasn't been getting enough water, have you checked the soil for moisture?
  8. DaddyRabbit

    DaddyRabbit LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 937

    The very best scenario you can put yourself in is to fertilize moderately, plenty of water if it is a new addition and safeguard agaisn't boring bugs w/chemical to be poured under tree. After all these things are done let nature dictate the outcome. Sun does play havoc w/Jap maples and everyone I have ever dealt w/being in full sun all showed signs of stress. The usual dying back of limbs and browning of leaf edges.
  9. greenman

    greenman LawnSite Addict
    Posts: 1,405

    Id say its stressed from the sun and the heat. Jap maples like a fair amount of shade. At least, some shield (shade) from the afternoon and evening sun.
  10. NCSULandscaper

    NCSULandscaper Banned
    Posts: 1,557

    Thats the same effects as to wind scorch also but in this case i think its more sun scroching than anything. Just keep it watered and it should be ok.

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