Birch Trees

River Birch

pete_in_annapolis added on April 14, 2017 | Answered

I recently cut down a River Birch that was starting to cause damage to my home. There's one root that is roughly 6 inches in diameter that is still sucking up huge amounts of water and depositing it in my new mulch bed. The ground is so wet from the root, that my foot sunk six inches into the mud. What do I need to do to kill off this root and prevent it from siphoning water away from my other plans?

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Answered on April 17, 2017

There should be no reason that a River Birch tree or branch be sucking up water and leaving your soil saturated.

I would suggest having a qualified inspector determine the reason for high water levels on your property.

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