We recently purchased a home in in Northern California that is beautifully landscaped in the front. There are four different Japanese maple trees in the front of the house three of which are well established. The fourth (I have pictures if that would help) isn't doing too well. As soon as our house went on the market, the owners stopped having the gardener come and take care of the house so we inherited a few problems in the front yard. This poor maple is one of them.
After we bought the house, the gardener came by and said that it wasn't getting enough water (even though it was getting watered for 20 minutes a day at 6am). So we increased the watering time to 2 times a day at one at 20 and one at 10 minutes. The watering is a light mist.
I think the problem is over watering, because when I come out in the morning at 6:15 there is a puddle of standing water around the maple about an inch & a half deep. As you can see by the pictures, it's set down a little in the earth and there is a cloth around the base of it as well (which I also think may be part of the problem)...
I'm really worried about hurting this poor maple even more and would really appreciate any help!