So, why did my Japanese Maple die?
In Western NY we had a long and cold winter.
I had some landscaping done last spring; they put in maybe a dozen plants and pruned a few others.
A new holly and a forsythia died and are being replace at no charge.
A Japanese maple that was planted 7 years ago, and pruned by the landscaper, also died. He assures me the pruning was modest and couldn't possibly have cause the problem. They are good to zone 5. I am zone 6, and while it was a bad winter, it didn't exceed zone 5.
So my question; was it more likely to have been bad luck or caused by the pruning? If it is likely just bad luck I don't want to be a jerk and demand he replace it.
(He came out today without telling me and replaced a holly that wasn't dead, leaving a dead one, so maybe he isn't so bright)