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How to Grow an October Glory Maple Tree

If your plain green landscape could use a splash of color all year long, this guide will make that dream a reality with some beautiful crimson foliage.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Monitor the tree for diseases and pests, such the twig borer and the Asian longhorn beetle, that can cause cosmetic damage or even kill your tree.
  • TIP: [Protect the trunk] Guard the tender trunk from lawnmowers and other yard equipment with a plastic or metal trunk protector to avoid injuring or killing a young tree. With proper care and protection, your tree will live a long and healthy life.
  • FACT: In 1927, Conn Smythe changed the name of the National Hockey League's Toronto St. Pats to the Toronto Maple Leafs, and gave the team their historical blue and white uniforms.
  • Step 2: Prune branches that rub against each other or against the trunk, and remove the branches that angle towards the trunk -- you want branches that will flag and grow out at a wide angle.
  • Step 3: Avoid planting the tree near brick patios or sidewalks, as the tree has aggressive roots that will force the stone up and make it an unsightly hazard.
  • TIP: If you live in a dry climate or experience a drought, you will have to provide extra water for your tree.
  • Step 4: Apply a layer of mulch around the trunk extending to the drip line -- where the outermost leaves hang -- to reduce competition from weeds and other plants and to help establish a strong root base.
  • Step 5: Plant your October Glory Maple tree in moist or clay-based soil. They do best in wetter, more humid climates.

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