How to Care for Japanese Maples
Japanese Maple Trees: The Basics
When To Plant Japanese Maple
How to Plant and Care for a Japanese Maple
Right before planting water your potted Japanese maple tree thoroughly.
Dig a hole twice as wide as the root ball and about as deep as the root ball is tall.
Put your Japanese maple tree in the hole and check at a distance of 10 feet or so from every angle to ensure your tree is straight. The top of the root ball should be just slightly higher than the soil line. This ensures that you do not plant your tree too deeply.
Backfill with the soil you dug up or up to a 50/50 mixture of native soil and planting mix.
Apply 1 to 2 inches of mulch around your tree and extend the mulch mound a couple of inches beyond the tree’s canopy. Do not pile mulch against the trunk as this can increase the chance of pests and disease. The mulch should be an inch or so away from the trunk.
Water your new tree deeply at the base with a hose.
Water once daily for the first week, and 2 to 3 times per week while your Japanese maple is establishing.
Japanese Maple Watering
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