Top Questions About Maple Trees

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Questions About Maple Trees

Asked by
Anonymous on
November 15, 2010

Q. Maple Problem

I have a very beautiful maple in my backyard. It’s been flourishing nicely for the past 6 years, but suddenly a limb fell off and during the course of the summer, some of the branches went into an early fall, with the leaves changing colors and falling off. Now that fall has arrived, we have had strong showers and there are a lot of mushrooms growing on the bark, in addition to the bark shedding. Can I save the tree?

Answered by
Nikki on
November 15, 2010
Certified Expert
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It sounds like an infection of some kind got into the wound when the branch fell. The tree may have rot inside, which would explain the bark and leaves. Without being there, we would not be able to help you diagnose the tree properly and recommend a course of action. We would recommend that you bring in an arborist or other tree specialist to look at your tree and give advice.

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Asked by
saylered on
February 26, 2011

Q. How Do I Grow Grass in Problem Area?

I have an area of about 40′ x 60′ that is shaded by a couple large maple trees. Also, most of this area is extremely wet in the spring time, or when we have a lot of rain through the summer. In fact, I often have standing water over much of the area.

Answered by
Heather on
February 27, 2011
Certified Expert
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It is likely that grass will not grow in those conditions. I would consider creating a rain garden to help drain off the standing water (https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/spaces/rain-garden-design.htm) and then once the area is drier, plant a shade tolerant grass (https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/lawn-care/lgen/shade-tolerant-grass.htm)

These articles may also help:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/lawn-care/lgen/growing-grass-shade.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/tgen/tips-for-growing-grass-under-a-tree.htm

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Answered by
agape on
March 7, 2011
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Tile area first to promote proper drainage, next make sure that your problem isn't from shallow root system from your trees depriving grass of vital nutrients.
If your trees are the problem than you probably will not be able to grow grass without removal or thinning of your trees to allow sunlight in.
If this is not an option have a soil test done to determine PH
Plant a shade tolerant grass

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Asked by
Anonymous on
March 10, 2011

Q. Purple Leaf Maple

There are patches of grey/white on the bark of my Norwegian maple (Crimson King). Is it likely to be a fungal infection or mildew? It will not wash off easily but can be scraped off with nail.

Answered by
Nikki on
March 11, 2011
Certified Expert
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It sounds like the plant just has a lichen. It is not harmful to the plant. Here is more information:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/fungus-lichen/treatment-tree-lichen.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
March 11, 2011

Q. Tree Damaged by Voles

Will a young maple that has been damaged by voles regenerate new bark? What can be done to help the tree heal?

Answered by
Nikki on
March 14, 2011
Certified Expert
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As long as the tree has not been girdled (bark loss all the way around the trunk) it can recover. It is best to leave the tree as is and let it heal on its own. Here is more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/tgen/repairing-tree-bark-damage.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
March 28, 2011

Q. Grow Grass

How can I get grass to grow in an area that has a lot of surface tree roots from a maple tree?

Answered by
Nikki on
March 29, 2011
Certified Expert
Asked by
Anonymous on
April 15, 2011

Q. Fungus in Lawn

We had to remove a very old, large maple tree from our backyard. Now we have fungus (mushrooms) growing in abundance. The stump has been ground down below the grade, but the extensive root system is decaying and the fungus is flourishing. Any help to eliminate this problem would be appreciated.

Answered by
Nikki on
April 16, 2011
Certified Expert
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You may need to treat that area with fungicide and try to remove as much of the root system as possible. Here is an article that you may find helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/lawn-care/lgen/eliminate-mushrooms-in-your-lawn.htm

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Asked by
abonds on
April 17, 2011

Q. how to repair damaged bark on tree trunk

Metal edging was installed when maple tree was young. The tree has grown into the edging. Should I remove the edging? How should I repair the damaged bark?

Answered by
Heather on
April 17, 2011
Certified Expert
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I would not attempt to remove the edging from the tree at this time. I would remove any of the edging that has not yet become embedded in the tree, but leave what is embedded in the tree alone. You will do more damage than good by removing it from the tree's trunk tissue. Eventually, the tree will simply completely surround it and you will only see a bit of a disfiguration.

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