We planted a new maple last year. The deer or something stripped or rubbed the bark off and the canopy died this summer. There is growth however below where the bark was rubbed off. Can we salabage the tree and how would we do it? Thank you.
Baltimore County Maryland
It looks like the area where this is growing is a meadow?
That is fine, but we would suggest pulling some of the goldenrod and grasses at the base that will compete with your tree for water and nutrients. Go about 2-3 feet out and then put a 2-4 inch layer of mulch around the tree, but pull it back from being in contact with the tree trunk itself.
The tree's roots are intact and should be able to support the new sprout from the base. There may be more than one sprout. Let them grow and next spring, select one to continue and prune out the rest. Keep it protected with hardware cloth or tree tubes. We can't swear it will be as perfect as a nursery grown tree, but there is a good chance for it. Keep it watered in times of drought or when we don't get an inch of rain a week.