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Old 05-29-2013, 07:55 PM   #1
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I am trying to decide if I should cut this tree down or not... It is very close to my home and it already is rubbing against the siding and gutter. I think it's a yellow birch or river birch both of which grow much bigger. Thanks.






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Looks like a birch, based on bark. I would take that tree down immediately, trees touching houses are trouble for many reasons (insects, fungus, roots, fire danger).

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River birch and yes, it will get much bigger but pruning it away from the house will work, I see no need for removal
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It is looking great birch I donít see any problem in keeping it as it is.
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And I always wondered why so many people have leaking basements with roots growing through foundations.
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That river birch is a beauty, I would never take it down.
Trim it near the house.
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River birch and yes, it will get much bigger but pruning it away from the house will work, I see no need for removal
I would try pruning it also and you may have to be dramatic about it. I would eliminate the trunk growing toward the house.

I also would think about the trunks seeming to be on top of each other near the lawn side. One may have to go. Then top and shape the tree and you should be fine. It might look like a severe haircut for a season but it will respond nicely to pruning.

It was planted a bit close to the house. Nothing you can do about that and cutting it down is not called for. Future danger comes from that it is lanky now with too much top growth. Pruning it will fix that.

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It's already gone. I don't do big trees 4' from the house. Seems your just asking for problems. I'd transplant it if it wasnt already so large.

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