Girdling Roots - Waterfall JM

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  1. Acerholic

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    You really can't do anything more Lisa. My fingers and toes area all crossed for you.

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    Well, it’s apparently not as hot today. It’s almost 9pm and my deck is reading 25C, we ran about 8 degrees less than yesterday. Pictures are from tonight, I still have hope that this little guy can be restored to its previous beauty, with the coming weather not as intense it should help in the recovery process. I could be crazy but I’ve seen others revive what I believed worse. We will surely find out. I’ll keep you all posted just in case there is gambling going on in the background!
     

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    Today’s update after it’s morning misting. I know it looks grim but I raked out with my hands dead leaves so it of course looks very thinned out. This past week I received new patio furniture and I discovered that the place I had it located under my deck was the hottest spot, so I am probably more to blame for the leaf scorch than the actual heat wave. Under my deck still but in a new location I feel it is doing better. I still feel confident it will live although it won’t look good the rest of this year. It feels more stable in the soil than when I first planted it. The branches are not fully droopy and what green is there is still vibrant. Maybe I’m being overly optimistic and I know there is a lot stacked against this little guy but I still have hope!
     

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    If we were giving out grades on helping maples recover, it would be an A for effort Lisa.

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    Here’s an update, I am confident this little guy will fully recover. I believe much of the leaf scorch is mainly due to where it was placed under my deck that caused a magnifying response to our heat wave as it’s doing just fine moved 5 ft from the clear panels above. Had that poor placement not occurred I think we would have only seen stress from the root pruning. It feels strong its branches seem still vibrant and I believe its growing new roots, the branches are not slumping or weak feeling. It’s foliage that is left is very vibrant but no new growth. As long as I keep it safe over winter I think we are good. It will live here until spring.
     

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    I think you are right Lisa.
     
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    Well I know it looks pathetic but it has gone into its fall colour so I am confident it is not dead and will bloom again in spring. It had a few more leaves but we have had downpours to no end so many are gone now.
     

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    Good evening Lisa, when the leaves have all gone, do a check on your tree for any dead or diseased wood and cut it out. Then it's a matter of leaving it to sleep until Spring.

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    Thanks D will do
     
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    You have done really well Lisa. Well done you. Not a problem removing the dead wood now either. But leave a small stub of dead, otherwise it will bleed. You can then remove the stub in the Summer or in the Autumn.
     
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    Thanks so much @Acerholic will do soon.
     

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