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Re: All maple leaves curling on 30-year-old tree

Re: All maple leaves curling on 30-year-old tree
Posted by: chris (IP Logged)
Date: August 21, 2007 13:03

It sounds like you need a Certified Arborist to check it out on site. Drought could certainly be a factor.

You'll find a difference of opinion depending which side of the Atlantic you get advice from. In the UK we never fertilise mature trees. Trying to ameliorate the sort of volumes of soil occupied by the root systems of mature trees is a loosing battle. Realistically, if the tree got to the age it has without fertilizer it doesn't need fertilizer.

This view doesn't seem to be shared by all in the US. Many of us English cynics tend to think this is because there is good money in selling fertiliser.

It is possible to over-fertilise. In doing so you can upset the chemical balance of the soil and actually make it more difficult for the tree to absorb water.

I'd say find a local certified arborist and get some good, site specific advice. But be wary of any suggestion of fertilising :)

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|  All maple leaves curling on 30-year-old tree ggammel 21/08/2007 00:28
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