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    Dying Maple Trees

    Have two maple trees, one two years old and the other last year, starting to dry up and I assume die. Both were purchased via the MidAmerican tree program with no warranties. Any ideas what could be happening to them? Everything else around them is looking good at this time.



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    Re: Dying Maple Trees

    Have you tried adding nutrients? I use those spikes you drive into the ground around the drip line and my Red Maples appear to be thriving.



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    Re: Dying Maple Trees

    I have a two Maple trees that are probably 20 years old and over the last few years they have begun to slowly "die". Every year more and more branches are dead or have very sparse leaves. One of them is the tree that shades my deck, so I am really bummed. I think they're silver maples. I have a sugar maple close by & that one is doing great. No idea what's happening to mine either.



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    Re: Dying Maple Trees

    How is the drainage? When you say dry up, are the leaves yellow or brown?


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    Re: Dying Maple Trees

    We have some young maples and they have been dropping some leaves lately. I presume its because of all the rain we've had lately. Its happened before, but they have recovered.



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    Re: Dying Maple Trees

    Quote Originally Posted by bobh33 View Post
    Have two maple trees, one two years old and the other last year, starting to dry up and I assume die. Both were purchased via the MidAmerican tree program with no warranties. Any ideas what could be happening to them? Everything else around them is looking good at this time.
    We had a Norway Maple that was around 8 years old and it was in an area were the ground can be wet in the spring. Last year, with all the rain, one day the leaves turned brown (what seemed overnight) and died. All we can figure is its root system was far too wet far too long. This year we replaced with a river birch.



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    Re: Dying Maple Trees

    Quote Originally Posted by bobh33 View Post
    Have two maple trees, one two years old and the other last year, starting to dry up and I assume die. Both were purchased via the MidAmerican tree program with no warranties. Any ideas what could be happening to them? Everything else around them is looking good at this time.
    The number one reason for the failure of newly planted trees is from being planted too deep. A close second in new neighborhoods is that the tree will be planted in ground so hard that roots and water can't escape from the planting hole. The trees basically suffocate in their hydroponic basin. Could either of those cases apply here?



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    Re: Dying Maple Trees

    Just planted a red maple from MA a month ago and it has turned all brown. We dug a huge hole, filled in with peat moss and black dirt, but the clay all around must be too much?!?!



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    Re: Dying Maple Trees

    My garden center buddy says he is getting alot of these calls and they are starting to think it was due to those two 100 degree days we had a few weeks ago along with the 50 mph winds. It came at a time that the leaves were in a vulnarable stage. What do you think??



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    Re: Dying Maple Trees

    id ask that alabama fan he seems to know what it takes to kill trees. maybe he has an idea



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    Re: Dying Maple Trees

    Quote Originally Posted by bobh33 View Post
    My garden center buddy says he is getting alot of these calls and they are starting to think it was due to those two 100 degree days we had a few weeks ago along with the 50 mph winds. It came at a time that the leaves were in a vulnarable stage. What do you think??
    Nope. The 100 degree days just magnified a problem that was already there. Trees have existed for millenia with heat and wind. Garden centers have a book of excuses for these problems. Really good ones will replace the tree anyway, but you can't know for certain what went wrong without visiting the site. Even then it is sometimes a mystery.



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    Re: Dying Maple Trees

    Quote Originally Posted by waynemorgan View Post
    Just planted a red maple from MA a month ago and it has turned all brown. We dug a huge hole, filled in with peat moss and black dirt, but the clay all around must be too much?!?!
    Possible. I once did something similar. When I extracted the dead sapling the hole was full of water. I drilled holes in the bottom of the hole with a bulb auger and buried drainage tile in the general area. Now I have a beautiful bald cypress in that spot.

    Which brings me to the species selection issue. I'd swear every freakin' yard in Ankeny has a maple in it, if it has a tree at all. Do people have no awareness of any other species? I love a good sugar or red maple, but because of their overabundance I'd never plant one around here. Think about choosing a species appropriate for the site, not just what your neighbor has or what Earl May wants to sell you. There are an awful lot of oak species that do great in Iowa, and that's just the tip of the iceberg.



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    Re: Dying Maple Trees

    Quote Originally Posted by Turn2 View Post
    The number one reason for the failure of newly planted trees is from being planted too deep. A close second in new neighborhoods is that the tree will be planted in ground so hard that roots and water can't escape from the planting hole. The trees basically suffocate in their hydroponic basin. Could either of those cases apply here?
    Wow, I was just going to start a new thread on this. I've counted at least 4 maples in our neighborhood that are either dead or sickly. Many homes built in 2007. Our Silver Maple has immature leaves that are now dropping. Other nearby Red or Crimson King Norway Maples (can't tell for sure) are doing the same. This sounds like you're on target with your second idea. Our sump pump runs more than it should so I know the water table is high. We had at least 4" in a few days not too long ago and I water the grass when we had the back to back near 100 degree days. I'm hoping too much water is the problem and it will recover. Would feeding help or just prolong the inevitable?



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    Re: Dying Maple Trees

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    Would feeding help or just prolong the inevitable?
    If excess moisture is your problem there isn't much you can do except hold out for more favorable weather. I hope your sprinkler system isn't adding to the problem. You may want to go easy with the water. Brown grass will usually recover. Trees, not so much. For these new neighborhoods, the ground has been abused so much during construction they are almost as impervious as cement. That really makes it hard to even plant a tree, let alone get one to grow well. It will take many freeze-thaw cycles before it gets much better.



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    Re: Dying Maple Trees

    Quote Originally Posted by Turn2 View Post
    If excess moisture is your problem there isn't much you can do except hold out for more favorable weather. I hope your sprinkler system isn't adding to the problem. You may want to go easy with the water. Brown grass will usually recover. Trees, not so much. For these new neighborhoods, the ground has been abused so much during construction they are almost as impervious as cement. That really makes it hard to even plant a tree, let alone get one to grow well. It will take many freeze-thaw cycles before it gets much better.
    We've had so much rain, I've only run the sprinkler once this season so it didn't compound the problem too much hopefully.



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