If your beautiful Japanese Maple is getting dry, curling leaves, this typically means that the roots are weak from the amount of water it is being exposed to. One of two things could be happening; the more likely is that the soil is too wet but occasionally it’s from the soil being too dry. These delightful trees thrive in well drained and moist soil. Regular watering is required; however, they don’t favour being stuck in a saturated, wet soil. Our team here at Five Star Tree Services is going to go over how to take care of Japanese Maple trees.
City Soil Restrictions
If you live in a city, these soils are typically very compact and don’t have adequate pore space. They also lack nutrient organic matter that helps feed plants. There are two problems that can happen from this situation: one is that the water can’t penetrate the soil and it runs off the top and evaporates quickly. This will starve any roots of necessary water and moisture. The second thing that can happen is that the water will stay on the upper layer of the soil, making it water-logged. This damages feeder roots and prevents the tree from having proper sap flow. In order to avoid these situations is to do a little soil renovation.
When trying to fix these soil problems, one way to go about it is to use a compressed air tool in order to make columns that help to aerate compact soil without damaging any tree roots. Not only does this allow for more oxygen to get to the roots, it also helps for proper water drainage. The next step is to back-fill these columns with a compost that has BioChar in it. This compound will help prevent the soil from recompacting and will also regulate the proper amount of water throughout the soil. Lastly, an aeration tube should be installed in order to ensure your Japanese Maple can access oxygen and water from the root level.
How Five Star Tree Services Can Help
Japanese Maples are beautiful trees and in order to make sure they develop a strong root system; they need the right amount of access to water and proper drainage of the surrounding soil. When they have the proper oxygen and water, they will thrive! If you need assistance with any Toronto Tree Care, make sure to give us a call at (416) 990-3355 today! Our team would be happy to help you!