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rainbow09
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2009 1:28 pm    Post subject: My tree seems to be dying Reply with quote

Hey Guys,

I have a tree in my a garden- it's a weeping one- i think it's a type of birch, it's been there for years. In the last few years I've noticed the leaves are turning brown and it's not budding up as well. Would anyone have an idea what this is as it's such a lovely tree and i want to try save it!

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2009 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Check for damage to the stem, strimmer , lawnmower or cats claws. Is the tree steady or shaky? does it need a stake? maybe the damage is deeper with a root disease. The extension growth annual extension of shoots appears to be alright. Any weedkiller given around the roots? Do not give fertiliser as this would be bad for it. lastly check that drainage is alright.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2009 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

rainbow09, as it has grown ok for a while, have you introduced quite alkaline (limey) soil around it recently.
Birch would not enjoy this.
A lot of arborists or tree surgeons will tell you that the true cause of this dieback is still unknown. No matter, branches without sap that have been killed by birch dieback would be better if removed and disposed of offsite.
I have a feeling It can progress until the tree dies if left unpruned. When you prune out the damaged wood, you will surely promote new shoots.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2009 5:46 pm    Post subject: Dying Birch Reply with quote

Thanks guys, I've checked for signs of damage to the bark and can't find anything. No new soil has been added to the area in the last few years- it has basically been untouched. I'm going to prune out any deadwood I can see and hopefully it will promote new growth. Wish me luck! Smile
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