I just bought and planted an October Glory maple sapling with a trunk about 1.5" in diameter. I did everything the nursery worker told me to while transplanting it:
- I dug a hole twice as wide as the plastic tub it came in.
- I removed it from the plastic tub and sliced the edges of the attached roots/soil with a box cutter every 90°.
- I used a mix of 50% soil from digging out the hole, 30% good topsoil, and 20% mulch to fill in around the roots.
- Before planting, I tilled a circle of about 10' in diameter around where I planted the tree.
- I mulched the tilled area, and made sure not to pile up mulch around the trunk of the tree.
- I've been watering the surrounding area well once a week for two weeks now.
The tree had plenty of green leaves and looked very healthy when I planted it. However, the leaves turned brown, shriveled up and fell off this week. They didn't turn the bright red that they're supposed to. Other trees in the area are just barely starting to lose leaves - most of them are still in the process of changing color. Should I be worried that my tree is dying, or am I just paranoid?