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My upright acer palmatum was planted Fall 2011. Our weather has been dry to the point of drought all summer. While I was away three weeks ago I believe my stand-in gardener watered it too frequently; I had been watering it1-2 times a week. When I returned, numerous dried, curly leaves littered the ground under the tree. During the past 2 weeks we have had a radical weather change with rain overnight almost every night. My understanding is that the amount of water the tree receives is not as important as the consistency of watering.
Consistency is the key so I read. However I cannot control the change in the weather. There are still lots of leaves on the tree but for how long? Leaves are dropping everyday. Do I just watch leaves dry, curl and drop to the ground? How do I handle this situation? I do not want the health of my new Japanese maple to deteriorate. It is about 9 feet tall and has been very healthy.