|3 year old Green Laceleaf Japanese Maple in Eagle Mtn, UT|
|Green Laceleaf Japanese Maple, Eagle Mountain, UT|
In Eagle Mountain and Saratoga Springs, the heavy clay soils need to be heavily amended as to provide drainage for this tree when getting it started. I planted this tree in an old flower bed on the north side of the house. The soil had already been heavily amended to a depth of ten inches, but there is nothing but clay under that. When I planted this tree, the root ball was touching the clay layer. It seems to be thriving so far after three years. Our clay loam is good for holding the moisture without drowning the tree; however do not plant the tree in an area where there is constant standing water or it will drown. Just keep the soil moist though occasional deep watering. As a standard procedure in my yard, I give all trees and shrubs chelated iron.