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Can I shave exposed roots from a Silver Maple tree to avoid damage when mowing?

No, you shouldn't interfere with them or damage them in any way, you may compromise the tree if you do. If possible, remove the grass that's near the roots, plant ground cover instead or just mulch ...
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Will a 1/2" tap hole injure a maple tree?

All tap holes injure maple trees. Extensive research into spile-hole damage (with an eye to reducing it, and preserving productivity) is precisely what has driven the downsizing of spiles. Few ...
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Will shaving the top of a Red Maple's roots hurt the tree?

I'm sorry to say it will hurt the tree - over time, as they mature, many trees develop buttress roots at their base, but upheaval around the base of a tree, even without buttress roots, is to be ...
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Is my maple tree beyond saving?

First get an arborist, one who is familiar with your locale and can have hands on expert examination. It is obviously an old maple. Everything declines before it dies of old age but while it ...
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Is this a tiny Bloodgood maple sapling? How should I care for it?

This looks a lot like a tiny maple seedling in it's first year, note the cotyledons - the seed leaves, the (in this case long & tongue-shaped) leaves that appear before the true leaves - which are ...
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Improving Maple growth?

I tend to agree about the numbers game. Sugar maples run about 50% viable seed. The most frequent occurrence is that 1 seed of a samara (double wing helicopter) is viable. Your technique of getting ...
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Can I shave exposed roots from a Silver Maple tree to avoid damage when mowing?

Far better to mulch the area or otherwise remove it from mowing. A huge tree is a huge issue when it's in trouble, and cutting roots is very likely to cause trouble, as the tree depends on the ...
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How to help young tree with damaged bark?

Not everyone treats trees with care. This looks like the kind of damage that would happen if you had a potted or balled and burlapped tree and let it bounce on the gate of a pickup truck once or ...
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How to trim this multistem tree

There is no immediate need to do anything. This tree looks quite healthy. I admit more homeowners like trees with a central leader but this is just a preference and will not affect growth or it's ...
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Is my maple tree beyond saving?

Yes, it's done. Call in an arborist and a chipper. When you remove the main trunk you will expose the join where the main trunk is weakly attached to the secondaries. This join looks like included ...
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Was removal of an old red maple tree warranted?

Its removal was definitely warranted, so don't lay awake worrying about it. A tree that size, left to carry on rotting quietly from the bottom up, would one day soon have fallen and been the ...
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How to reduce the growth of moss on the ground and on the tree?

Moss is an opportunist. Spores are everywhere. The moss on the ground is not making the moss on the tree. Moisture (we must be looking at the north side of your tree, yes)? Is all moss needs. I ...
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Can I plant my maple seedling in the fall months?

Yes, go ahead and plant it. It's actually better for it to be in the ground over winter anyway, as it helps protect the roots. Planting trees in the fall is a common practice, your tree should do just ...
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What's this gash on a Maple tree?

The long split probably is canker, Maples are susceptible to it. The full name of one variety that affects Maples is Eutypella Canker. There are other species specific fungal cankers as well. It's a ...
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What do healthy red maple saplings look like?

If you can pull a bud apart and it is still green inside, then things are looking good. If the buds are dry and brittle and don't show any life inside, then you may have a dead sapling. On the ...
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Unlucky with maples every single time I plant them

This article indicates that stratification is necessary for Sugar and Red maples but not for Silver Maples. The relevant part for maples whose seed needs stratification is collect immediately upon ...
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Will shaving the top of a Red Maple's roots hurt the tree?

Yes, of course it will hurt the tree - it will be cutting away part of the system that transports water and nutrients to the tree. Often in cases like this it's best to decide that you want the tree, ...
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Acer platanoides vs Acer pseudoplatanus

The leafs are different. I recognize the difference between them because the pseudoplatanus usually has red petioles (leaf stalks), and the leaf seems a bit darker then platanoides. The leafs of ...
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How and when should I prune Acer shirasawanum?

Yes, it can be corrected by pruning. I'd take the little leader off now right to the trunk. The other will straighten. Leave the lower branches as they feed the trunk and allow the diameter of the ...
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Can you grow (and keep) a large maple tree in a container?

If you practice the laws of bonsai, the tree can survive as long as a normal tree in nature. You'll need to keep the plant small, by trimming the branches and roots, so that they will still fit your ...
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Japanese Acer - Why does the new growth coming from the bottom look very different?

Yes this is definitely grafted. I have seen this before with Crimson Queen variety, that is the one with slim red leaves (right?). My friend had one as well, and then also it started to get these ...
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When to move a maple sapling?

The best time of year is about now (depending on your climate). Move it as soon as the leaves have changed color. It will be going dormant for winter, but the ground will still be warm enough so the ...
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Are our two baby/young Japanese Acer dead?

Japanese maples are quite frost tolerant (down to -20C which is much colder than last winter in the UK). Every change of environment puts more stress on the plant. The best way to "save" ...
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What is the difference between a Red Japanese Maple and a 'Bloodgood' Japanese Maple?

Yes, Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' is a cultivar developed for certain characteristics, one of which is a consistant, deep red. It it usually offered as a grafted plant, and will be more expensive than ...
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Is it possible for a transplanted baby Maple to grow into a Bonsai tree?

Bonsai is many things to many people. It may have started as finding old plants dwarfed from a tough environment but it is also the practice of dwarfing plants to resemble old plants by restricting ...
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Improving Maple growth?

Keep in mind trees play the numbers game. I am making some numbers up here, but it should still represent reality somewhat. A maple drops say 25,000 seeds, let's say only 1/5th germinate, and only 1/...
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Can I shave exposed roots from a Silver Maple tree to avoid damage when mowing?

I would not do that, shaving off the roots can really hurt or even kill the tree. I would just go around the root then come back with scissors and cut around the root. You could also use a weed wacker ...
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White spots on large maple tree

Most likely horse chestnut scale, common on large and small Acer varieties in the UK, as well as lime and horse chestnut trees. Although it's unsightly, on large trees it's impractical to treat, and ...
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Is my maple tree in trouble?

From what I can see, that branch is beneath the canopy, yes? It does have a bit of dead tissue. The reason is, from the information you've given and a few assumptions, this branch and its leaves ...
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