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Old 11-02-2013, 08:51 AM   #1
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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.

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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.

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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.
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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.

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Back to my original question...
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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.

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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
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Back to my original question...
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Funny part is everyone has been avoiding it. Lol
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to answer the question


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