My neighbor's birch tree is planted close to my lawn and all the grass surrounding it is barely alive. The rest of my lawn is thick and green, so I'm sure the birch has something to do with it. I have tried spreading bug killing products in the area, thinking the tree might be infested, but it hasn't done any good. Is it possible that the tree is sucking all the water out of the surrounding grass? My neighbor never waters it. Any grass I plant there will grow initially, but it doesn't take long for it to turn brown. Can you tell me what the problem is?
I would do a soil test of that area.
This will tell you what may be needed for soil amendment.
Your local County Extension office can help with this.
Here is a link to find your closest office.
Someone peeled quite a bit of bark off of a few of our birch trees. They leafed the year afterward, but I'm concerned they'll die. We have several birch trees that someone peeled the bark off and now the brown part of the trunk is showing. Should I paint this area white to protect them?
Allow the bark to heal naturally, do not apply any covering.
If you see signs of insects or possible disease use Neem Oil to treat the trunk and tree. Neem Oil works as both an insecticide and fungicide.
It is safe for people, pets and bees.
I have a birch tree that is approximately 15 years old and this year has produced hundreds of catkins that are blowing everywhere. Unfortunately, they are landing in our in-ground pool and plugging the filter. We have been setting the alarm to keep it clean so as not to burn up the pump and also swimming with those tiny things isn't pleasant. Is there any way to prevent the tree from producing like that. I love the tree and certainly do not want to have it removed. Thanks for your help.
It "may" be possible to prevent your birch from producing catkins by some type of sterilization such as a hormone regulator, however it's possible that the tree would suffer long-term detrimental effects from the process. In many cases, the process doesn't work well, or at all. We suggest that you consult a professional arborist in your area.
Mulching and proper watering are vital to River Birch success.
I also garden in the great state of MN. I'm afraid I have had numerous friends lose their River Birch trees with them not having a very good lifespan in their yards.
I do believe the harsh winters are very hard on this tree.
Here is a great link with good care instructions.
I have just planted 3 silver birch trees, which are about 6 to 8 ft tall. I am wanting to cut off all the bottom branches to make the trunk long and straight so that foliage starts higher up the tree. Can I do this now, or do they need time to establish before I cut branches off? Also, can I cut the branches off right next to the trunk, to almost standardize the tree?
Here is a link that will help you with pruning.
How invasive are river birch roots and how large do the roots grow and if they run across the yard?
It had three trunks, removed one this past spring because nothing was growing on it. Now there is some growth at the bottom.
Yes, you should remove the suckers from the tree. They will take energy away from the tree.
Clip them as low as possible with a good clean garden shear.