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Question: 1439-2917
I have a large 75 foot maple tree and a California privet hedge that appear to have weak growth. They do not have the vibrant green look. They do not have insects or signs of fungi. All my other plants are fine. What can I do? Jim, Norwich, CT

Mort's Answer:
Many parts of southeastern Connecticut have shallow water tables. Maple trees have shallow root systems. Excess water that has been common this year can cause weak growth. Both the privet and the maples could use a boost with 10-6-4 granular fertilizer. It is quite possible that the maple has hit hard pan or is atop a rock. Make a cycle of 15 holes about 20 feet from the trunk. Go down as deep as you can with a crowbar or an augur. Fill those holes with the fertilizer. It could take up to 80 pounds.

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