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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 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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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Maple suddenly has some variegated leaves. What should I do?

I'm assuming that you didn't plant the tree and aren't away of the cultivar. If I'm correct, then your tree is actually a variegated maple, probably Acer platanoides 'Drummondii'. These trees always ...
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Acer new leaves in mid-September

No, those leaves will all drop off. That is the beauty of being a deciduous tree! Leaves are the most vulnerable, roots a step up but buried in the ground (not a pot) protects them and then the stem/...
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Are my large box elder and Norway maple trees too close?

Definitely too close together - the crown of a mature Norway Maple (assuming you mean Acer platanoides) is more than 25 feet and the crown of a Box Elder is (if left unpruned) 25 to 40 feet, so they ...
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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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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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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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Acer platanoides vs Acer pseudoplatanus

The other answer is correct - Norway maple leaves do have more spiky bits at the leaf margins and the obvious red petioles. In your own photograph, the Norway maple is on the left and the sycamore on ...
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What are the curled darkened areas on maple leaves?

There can be different reasons for leaves to curl, to name a few: light, temperature, too much water, too much fertilizer, pests. If I understand correct it happened after you trimmed and re-potted ...
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Burnt appearance on maple

You have Cercis canadensis. Red Bud. Wonderful tree. The yellow branch thing is dead or it is a coral bark maple or a yellow twig dogwood gone deciduous. That should be taken out of the area to ...
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My acer palmatum is drying, what should I do?

This is a common problem with Japanese maples. It's called leaf scorch. The reason is too hot sun and not enough water during hot weather. And hot can be above 20C already. The best thing to do is to ...
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Bark split on large maple tree

That wound is healing very well. You can tell by that smooth bark forming on either side of the opening. Leave it alone and it will complete the healing process. I would be relieved to see this ...
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Should I have our old maple cut down?

You should have your old maple professionally assessed by a qualified arborist. Depending where you are you may have one available to you that's paid by your taxes through cooperative extension or ...
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Acer lost bark around trunk

Oh, that does not look good - do you have deer that visit the garden, or could there be some other physical cause for this? If not, it could be a canker infection,or if the upper branches are ...
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How can I tell if a maple tree is male or female?

No, one tree on its own is fine. Generally, Acers are capable of fertilizing their own flowers without any other Acer tree nearby, if its lots of fertile seeds you're looking for. Some Acer flowers ...
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