What’s the Deal With All These Maple Seedlings?

Have you noticed these leaves everywhere? Don’t worry, these are NOT poison ivy… they are maples!

Maple seedlings are popping up in your lawns and garden beds, and all over the landscape! The reason is the weather. Two years ago we had a drought, and last year we had rain almost every weekend. Many maples got foliar diseases from the rain and from being so wet, so existing trees put out a HUGE seed set!

If you have them in your lawn, you can deal with them by mowing until they’re eventually gone. For garden beds, you’ll want to get rid of them now before the tap root gets too big. Remember, maples put out roots pretty quickly so don’t wait! A simple weed killer will work great, organic or synthetic, your choice.