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Exploring Edible Landscape Designs

3 Tips For Trimming A Birch Tree

by Eugene Jones

Depending on what type of birch tree you have, it may need to be trimmed more often than other types. River birches (with white-colored bark) and gray birches, for example, require relatively little pruning while other types of birch trees (such as cinnamon-colored birch trees) may need to be trimmed more often to keep the trunk moist during the warm summer months. Regardless of what type of birch tree you have, that tree will need to be trimmed a certain way in order to encourage growth. Here are three tips you'll want to consider whether you plan to do the trimming yourself or are hiring a professional.

1. Encourage New Base Growth

For newly-planted birch trees, you'll want to prune as close to the base as possible in order to encourage new base branch growth. The birch tree is unique in that it can be a wide tree or a narrow tree depending on how many low branches develop. Oftentimes these low branches are called 'secondary trunks' due to the fact that the secondary branches at the base often grow just as thick and sturdy as the original trunk.

2. Trim Dead or Excess Branches

Birch trees often grow new branches in large clumps along the center area, or heart, of the tree. Some excess branch growth is good, but too much can curb the tree's growth. Leave a few healthy looking branches that are growing in the desired direction while pruning every single other branch away. Make sure to cut off anything that looks dead, especially.

If any branches are too close together, rub each other, or cross each other, these branches should also be trimmed away regularly. Branches that are too close together can interfere with growth potential, water supply, and even sunlight. It's far better to have one extremely healthy branch than two that fight over resources and ultimately don't survive.

3. Trim During the Appropriate Time of the Year

If your birch tree is young, you will want to trim it every spring, right after it starts to grow new leaves and branches. Be careful about cutting away too much when it's still growing, however.

As the tree gets older, you'll want to still trim it yearly, but towards the summer or fall months. This is to deter sap leakage when the tree is being trimmed. If a healthy tree is cut during the spring months, it will lose quite a bit of sap which can be a mess to clean up and attract unwanted insects. If the tree isn't doing well and looks like it may be diseased, it should be trimmed during any time of the year and as quickly as possible.

With the above tips, you can help your young or mature birch tree flourish throughout the entire year. With proper trimming, possibly with the help of a company like Mead Tree & Turf Care Inc, a birch tree can grow as large and as tall as you'd like it to be-- but only when it's regularly trimmed.

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