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    Red Maples zone 9, N. FL.

    Better half and I just landscaped the front yard 4 weeks ago, she supervised and I planted.

    Presently put in 5 trees, 2 red maple (6-8'), and 3 flowering cherry96-8'). The cherrys are doing great, but im concerned about the maples. Ive planted to right depth and have cedar mulch for moat.

    I water (soak) once a week about 50 minutes each now and notice the leaves and leaf stems droop about 3-4 days after watering. I water again for about 30 minutes and the entire tree perks right up. Right now they both get direct sun from about 9am to 5pm per day.

    I dont want to over water, but want to promote root growth. Ive hunte the forums abit and not quite finding the right answer.


    B

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    Oak
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    RE: Red Maples zone 9, N. FL.

    It sounds to me like you're going about things the right way. Red maples are a bit more moisture-loving than the cherries. While the tree is in the critical establishment period after being transplanted, it's important to make sure it gets enough water. If you have sandy soil like many of us in north central FL, there's not as much worry about overwatering.

    By the end of this growing season, your maple will have made good progress in rooting beyond the root ball. You can help it by watering the surrounding area as well, to give the roots reason to reach outward. But for the time being, it's important to pamper it just a bit.

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    Oak
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    RE: Red Maples zone 9, N. FL.

    I’m certainly not in a Florida climate, but in the intense heat of summer, I always watered my 1st year (in my yard) red maples about twice a week, just like you said, with the slow soak. I say if they look sad and you water them and then they look happy, then you are doing the right thing. Try not to let them get to the point where they are looking sad though. Figure out the pattern and catch the watering just when the trees need it.

    Wow, good luck!
    --Jules

    A TREE GROWER'S DIARY
    “There is just as much beauty in the landscape as we are prepared to appreciate, not a grain more.”
    —Henry David Thoreau

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    RE: Red Maples zone 9, N. FL.

    Aye, Ill bump the water sched up a notch or two. The soil is abit on the sandy side so water retention is not so good. Ill keep an eye on this over the next week or two and see what happens.

    B

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