Im afraid my Autumn Blaze Maple tree is dying in my backyard. As you can see...

Asked August 16, 2015, 1:10 PM EDT

Im afraid my Autumn Blaze Maple tree is dying in my backyard. As you can see in the attached picture, the leaves are turning colors and considerable lack of (foliage)this summer. This happened last year too. Any guidance would be appreciated!! Thank you, John M.

Ramsey County Minnesota

1 Response

It does look like it is dying. It is probably caused by a problem underground. It may be caused by hidden construction waste, compacted soil, too much water, too little, fungal root infection, stem girdling etc.
https://www.extension.purdue.edu/extmedia/fnr/fnr-faq-11-w.pdf
http://www.myminnesotawoods.umn.edu/2009/01/stem-girdling-roots-booklet/
Having your tree diagnosed by an arborist is the best way to get an answer.
http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/trees-shrubs/how-to-hire-a-professional-arborist/