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dinosaur1 11-02-2013 08:51 AM

White birch tree
 
Can I cut the top of a white birch tree in half that is close to our home? It is a smaller tree about 20-25 ft. The small branches slam against the siding when it's windy. I just don't want to kill the tree.

joecaption 11-02-2013 10:36 AM

Any tree that's that close to a home is going to be trouble.
The roots can destroy the foundation, the leaves plug up the gutters.

Live_Oak 11-02-2013 12:57 PM

A birch shouldn't be planted any closer than about 20' to a home. If it's closer, it needs to be removed completely by a professional.

concretemasonry 11-02-2013 01:57 PM

Birch trees to not tolerate changes in soil moisture or changes in the above structure and may struggle for a period until it is determined that they will survive and be healthy.

Since birch usually do not just pop up, the OP's tress was planted to close to the house in the first place.

Dick

dinosaur1 11-02-2013 03:54 PM

Back to my original question...

concretemasonry 11-02-2013 04:56 PM

How about a picture and how close is "close". That will help to get a real answer.

White birch are fragile and not like other trees, so the grow like weeds in WI, but usually die quickly if conditions change or trimming is excessive. They were obviously planted in the wrong place by someone, but that is common for many reasons. If you are worried now, you will worry next year if you do nothing.

The best answer could come from arborist and most tree trimmers in a developed are offer free consultation.

Dick

dinosaur1 11-02-2013 08:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by concretemasonry
How about a picture and how close is "close". That will help to get a real answer. White birch are fragile and not like other trees, so the grow like weeds in WI, but usually die quickly if conditions change or trimming is excessive. They were obviously planted in the wrong place by someone, but that is common for many reasons. If you are worried now, you will worry next year if you do nothing. The best answer could come from arborist and most tree trimmers in a developed are offer free consultation. Dick

Hi "Dick"

Davejss 11-02-2013 10:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dinosaur1 (Post 1261488)
Back to my original question...

Sure. Go ahead.

dinosaur1 11-02-2013 10:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Davejss
Sure. Go ahead.

Funny part is everyone has been avoiding it. Lol

dinosaur1 11-02-2013 10:01 PM

Classic

chrisn 11-03-2013 05:44 PM

to answer the question


YES


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