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deciduous tree trouble

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Jill24-Jan-03 02:34 PM EST 5b   
Ed25-Jan-03 08:08 PM EST 5a   
Jill27-Jan-03 09:10 AM EST 5b   

Subject: deciduous tree trouble-help
From: Jill
Zone: 5b
Date: 24-Jan-03 02:34 PM EST


A birch tree in our yard produced very few leaves last spring. I was told to dig around the base of the tree roots since contractors may have "smothered" the tree with the fill that was added to the landscape. Is that the best approach to get this tree to produce leaves again this spring?

Thanks for any help!

Subject: RE: deciduous tree trouble
From: Ed
Zone: 5a
Date: 25-Jan-03 08:08 PM EST

Jill, Not necessarily; in order to adequately answer your question, more info would be helpful.While many deciduous trees may be planted equally satisfactorally spring or fall, birch trees definitely prefer spring planting. Do you know the approx age of your tree ? Has it leaved out normally in the past ? Is its location such that it received either too much, or too little moisture during the growing season ? Growing trees or anything else requires a scientific approach; libraries are an excellent source of information on this, or any other subject.

Subject: RE: deciduous tree trouble
From: Jill
Zone: 5b
Date: 27-Jan-03 09:10 AM EST

The birch tree is at least 10 years old. The builder told me that it had leaved out normally in the past. It has not been re-planted, I don't believe it has ever moved from its original location. The other trees and vegetation around it were cleared out when the house was built. The tree has such a lovely shape that the contractors left it for landscaping.

Thanks again,Jill

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