Japanese gardens are becoming very popular among garden enthusiasts who possess a deep love for that style of plants and layouts. The Japanese Maple is one of the most popular trees for Japanese gardening.
They are very popular among gardeners and hobbits alike and with a little know how and a basic understanding of the needs of this tree, you can have a great deal of success and get a lot of enjoyment out of them. The maple tree species in general has several weak points and vulnerabilities.
If you have maple trees, and especially Japanese maples, you need to know how to properly care for them so you can enjoy them for years to come.
A couple of problems can spring up when the temperatures rise and the drought conditions strike. During these times your Japanese maple trees will respond well to some mulching to help with moisture retention. Typically one tree needs 2-3 bags of mulch.
This will help protect the tree from drying out and will also offer some cooling for the root system as the heat rises.
You will also need to water your trees generously at least two times a week. Newly planted trees will require more frequent watering as will those grown in a container rather than in the ground.
Japanese maple trees are fairly susceptible to leaf tip burns. Many people think that this burn and drying of the leaves is due to the tree being in the sun too much. However this is not true.
It is due to watering issues where either too much or too little water is being applied to the tree. Under watering causes the leaf tissue to dry out and burn and over watering causes the tissue to rot and die and then dry out too.
A newly planted maple tree or one grown in a small container are the ones most likely to experience lead burn.
If you use too much fertilizer you can do a lot of damage to your Japanese maple. The worst thing many novice gardeners do is they load up the fertilizer when they first plant a new tree or when the tree is under stress. This is very very bad.
The fertilizer is basically a stimulant that causes the plant to grow rapidly, thus expending its nutrients and that is the last thing you want to do to a stressed out tree or a new planting.
Fertilizer should be applied in small doses and very sparingly.
Fall Season and Pruning
The fall season is the time for maintenance and is the best time for you to conduct an overall check up of your Japanese maple trees. This is the time of year you need to prune and trim the trees to help with the overall shape and heath of your trees.
Do not prune to control the size of the tree as heavy pruning can really stress out your trees and cause many other problems. Trim dead or crowded branches but never cut back more than ¼ of a branch length at one pruning.
With these simple tips in mind, you can enjoy yourJapanese maple trees all year around. You can enjoy these beautiful and majestic tree in your own garden or landscape.