Will My Harlequin Maple come back to life?
Hello, we planted a Harlequin Maple about 10 years ago on the outskirts of our patio in our backyard. Over the years, the grass in our backyard had died due to heavy shade. Last April, we had the remainder of our backyard interlocked, and the interlocker interlocked around the tree, leaving a square pit around the tree about 3x3. Last year, the tree leafed out like it normally did, very thick and giving us a natural umbrella. This year, the tree has hardly come back and is struggling very badly to stay alive... See pictures.
What would you do? Wait one more year to see if the tree can adjust (my neighbor claims it is in deep root shock and may need time to recover).
Or should I have it removed and have a tree like a Swamp White Oak, Burr Oak or Honey Locust replace since these trees do well in very compacted soils.