Hi I'm a bit worried about my Acer garnet. I bought it in March and it was planted in a new garden along with another Acer palmatum. The Covid virus stopped all work on the new garden so although it was watered little else was done . Now the weather is hot I'm concerned that it's not happy. It's in the sun until about 4 pm when the shade takes over. We have irrigation for the grass that comes on twice a day. The leaves have become so dull and dry. There has been a little wind but the trees are in a sheltered area between a house and a wall. I've read that the roots have to be kept cool but there is grass around the stem of the trees, is it suitable to put some gravel around to keep the roots cooler. I really don't want to move the tree. It's not had any fertile or anything else apart from some treatment for aphids. Please help I don't want to lose it.
Thank you will do now I'm thinking I won't lose this tree although at the moment she still looks forlorn. The new shoots are very encouraging.