How to Grow and Take care of Autumn Blaze Red Maple


Hey, guys. How's it going? So this morning, Aaron and I are working on the autumn blaze maples that line our lane. These are trees that we planted last year. It was late summer, early fall. It was early enough to where they still had green leaves, and then we were able to enjoy their fall show. 

And got a little sneak peek preview of what we are going to be able to enjoy for years to come. It was absolutely gorgeous, and it was a project we didn't intend on being able to do until this spring, but everything worked out. 

We were able to source the amount of trees we needed in the size we wanted, and then we got them early enough to where they were able to root in a little bit, so they've got a head start for this year, which is awesome. 

So when we planted these trees, we didn't stake any of them, which we typically don't. We don't stake anything unless we notice an issue. And I haven't done extensive research on tree staking. I know that in some cases, it can cause a weaker tree. 

But even the pros, those who say don't stake trees, will say that in some cases, it's necessary. Like if you're planting massive trees like this with a huge tree canopy in a very windy area, which there's no wind break for these trees, these are going to be the windbreak, kind of. 

And they went through a few really strong windstorms. Like, we typically get anywhere from, I don't know, 40 to 70 miles per hour wind gusts, and we usually get a really strong windstorm every single week throughout the summer and fall months. 

Did you forget something? Yeah, we need to get a ladder. Okay. So we're going to head to the barn quick and get a ladder, and then when we get back out here, I'll show you all the stuff that we have. 

That we're going to be trying out to stake these up. But I think we should go along the driveway here on the east side. We can give you an update on the daffodils, and they're growing kind of weird. I don't really know what to say about them, except for these are ice follies daffodils, and you can see that one side is growing higher than the other, and. 

Thinking it's because this is the south side of the pot, receives a lot more sun, and I think it just warms up faster and retains heat, while the north side stays shaded and colder. But every single pot grew that way. 

So there's the second one. Same story. And third. And then oh, I got to hop off. Look at these first ones. Look at how pretty these are. Ice Folly's daffodils. But you know what? Same story in this container, too. 

I'm hoping because Daffodils last for a long time that the other side has a chance to grow up. So at least we have, like, a week or two. I'll bet it all of them looking like we turn the pot around. I think that would be really hard. 

Can you imagine how heavy those are right now? Because they're probably pretty moist soil, and they're already a heavy container. Plus we have drip connected. Yeah, it'd be a lot of work. It would be. 

I don't know. We'll see. We may not be planting bulbs in these again if it doesn't pan out. Either way, it'll look pretty from one side. The south side right now and the north side later on. Look at this. 

We are prepared. Whoa. Nice. This is my favorite ladder. Which one is that? Just because it's light. Oh, yeah. I like this one. And I like this one. Six foot and four foot. Like the standard ladder. The Warner ladders are nice. 

They're like I feel like maybe they're stronger or would last longer, but I still would prefer having more of these because they're lighter. Would rather buy two of these over the course of the same period just because it's easier or, like, I don't know, lighter to use. 

Makes sense. Okay, so we're back over here by the trees. Let me just kind of show you an example of what we're dealing with or what we're going to try to correct here. Big lean on it. Yeah, it does. So, what? 

Like, maybe it looks like it needs to come. Oh, yeah. No, too much. Too much. Right in there. A little bit less. So walk around a little bit and see if it's leaning from a different direction. Looks good. 

Good. It looks really great from all. So, really, if we put a guy like, or not a guy, but a steak steak over there, I think this would be pretty easy job. Yeah. So, you guys, the wind comes from about where aaron was, so it makes sense that the trees, some of them, are leaning in this direction, and it actually corrected it from two sides. 

When you pulled it like that, aaron did it. And you guys can see how crooked it is. When you kind of compare it to the fence posts, which are straight up and down. And we just don't want our trees to continue to grow like that. 

So we're hoping that we stake them up now. We let the stakes stay on just for the growing season, and then we take them off in the fall. Because once they lose their leaves, the wind isn't catching them near as much, and so it's not as much of a problem, I guess. 

And then if we can just get away with staking for one season, then I think it'll be better for the overall health of the trees as well. I did a tiny amount of research, and it seemed like some people were saying that if you stake a tree, like, let's say the strap is right where my hand is, what will happen is that this part of the tree will remain weak. 


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