Japanese Maple Tree Leaves Dry And Shrivel In Summer

Question From: E. Gilbert - Detroit, Michigan, United States
Q: I have 2 miniature Japanese Maple trees in my front yard and one in my back yard. Last month the leaves on all 3 trees begin to shrivel. I called TruGreen and they told me the heat will make the leaves shrivel and just to make sure there are no bugs to wash the leaves in liquid dove. Well the leaves are still shriveled back and front yard. I have used sprays from Home Depot and nothing works. They look good in the spring, but for the past 3 years this has been happening.

A: The leaves on your trees probably shriviled from heat and lack of water. Nothing you can do now will make them recover. The folks from True Green gave you the right advice. Spraying them with chemicals will do more harm. These trees cannot take drought and high heat. Try to protect them when the temperatures reach 85 degrees or higher and water them regularly so the soil stays moist not sodden. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy