What is mistaken with my birch tree?

Q. (My) birch tree, planted quite a few a long time back, has never really grown full. In the spring, it will get very small inexperienced leaves but (it’s) even now very ethereal and not entire foliage. We’ve been told not to prune it.

We h2o with our automated sprinkler technique and once in a while sprinkle all-function fertilizer and hand h2o it. The tree (has been) the same for 10 many years.

Rosalie Kallas, Brentwood

A. When a plant fails to thrive, the most typical cause is that it’s planted in the wrong position. This is incredibly legitimate for birch trees.

The incorrect area, in this case, is California. They are not indigenous and are not suited for our Mediterranean local weather. Birch trees prosper in the interesting, moist north. In most cases, it is just too warm and dry for them to do very well below.

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A birch tree is clearly struggling to prosper in Brentwood. (Courtesy of Rosalie Kallas) 

Birch trees call for a good deal of water and excellent drainage. That could be the main concern with why your tree has failed to thrive above the years.

It may not be the amount of money of h2o it gets, but how the h2o is shipped. Trees want deep, infrequent soakings. As a substitute of watering for a handful of minutes every day, you’d be better off watering for a more time interval, permitting the water to soak deeply into the soil, but only watering two times a month, relying on the weather conditions.

In the past handful of a long time, homeowners all around the Bay Location have watched their birch trees decline and die due to the fact of the drought. It would look you’ve performed well to retain your tree alive at all.

I never what style of birch you have, but all trees can profit from pruning to deal with their growth, take away dead limbs and open up up the center of the tree to allow the sunshine to achieve the middle — and this includes birch trees. The variance, nevertheless, is in the timing.

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