Hi everyone! I don't know the first thing about gardening, but 5 years ago, in June of 2005, I planted a japanese maple (I THINK it's a bloodgood but I can't recall) from my local ACE Hardware store in my backyard with the help of my grandpa. Every single year, this tree grows to about the size in the attached picture...a little bit better actually..with brighter, redder leaves...it lasts for just a couple of weeks, then it looks like in the attached photo, then it gets progressively uglier until the next year when the cycle starts all over again. I have no idea why this tree won't grow...but I also don't know anything about proper watering...(how many minutes should I water it for when i do a deep soil watering? how often?) I don't know if there is something wrong with the tree... any information that would help me to get this little guy to grow into a real bush/tree would be greatly appreciated. I know it's not just the weather because my uncle has one in his yard that has been doing fine for years. I live in Overland Park, KS (suburb of KC) and it's been super super hot this summer. But in any case, as I stated...every year since I planted it, it does the same thing...acts like it's starting to grow, some really pretty red leaves show up...it lasts for maybe 2 weeks...leaves start to fall or change colors....and then it pretty much dies or shrivels up or whatever until the next year! Any advice would be greatly appreciated!! Thank you so much!!