Dwarf Japanese Maple leaves are wilting. Think too much
rain. Planted in clay by landscaper. Put plastic under the mulch under
plant to limit temporarily this week's heavy rains.
What should I do?
Clay soil does not drain very well unless it has been aerated properly. If
you put plastic down over it you reduce the amount of oxygen getting down to
the roots, along with the amount of water.
And, the plastic can keep soil
moisture from evaporating, which makes the soil even wetter than without it.
So, I think your problem may be due to a combination of the clay soil and
It's OK to have lots of rain, as long as it drains away quickly enough.
It's only when the water stays too long in one place that it causes