Acer Palmatum Bloodgood Japanese Maple Tree

(Question)

I recently planted a bloodgood Japanese maple tree in my backyard …the tree has now begin showing signs of curly dried up leaves….what could be possible wrong?
I do have afternoon sun …possibly over 6 hrs..existing soil is a combination of triple mix and compost….bone meal was used in the hole when planting….a bit on the moist side…I also left the burlap in place when replanting from the pot.

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(Answer)

Many factors have to be considered when transplanting trees. In your case the most important considerations would be site characteristics, choosing the right planting season and aftercare. Generally speaking spring is a good time for transplanting Japanese Maples. You amended the soil around the tree at time of planting which is good. This leaves the care of your tree after planting. You mention that you left the burlap in place upon planting. Presumably this was around the rootball. Ideally this should have been removed from around the trunk and at least the top 1/3rd of the rootball which would allow the roots to spread out. The other big issue is whether or not your tree is getting enough water.  It should have been thoroughly watered at planting and probably needs a good soaking every day for the first week. This is crucial when planting a new tree. After the first two weeks, and depending on the weather, water deeply every two or three days for a couple of weeks, then twice a week for a couple of weeks, and then once a week until frost. Newly planted trees must be watered regularly for the first two – three years.

For further information please refer to the Toronto Master Gardener Guides below:

Planting a Tree: A Toronto Master Gardeners Guide

Growing Japanese Maples: A Toronto Master Gardeners Guide