micro climate

We have two Japanese Maple trees in front of our house, about 15 feet apart. One started leafing out two weeks ago, and one just started opening leaves yesterday. There’s only a slight difference in the amount of sun, wind, and reflected warmth from the house between these two. One of them (the early-bird) is in soil that’s been in place for a while. The other guy is in some new soil that landscapers used to bring up the level of the yard a few inches. Could that be it? Or maybe it’s the mature Silver Maple near the slow-poke. That sends out a mat of fibrous roots at the surface, and so may be strong-arming the surface water away from the new guy.

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