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Love the radio show BTW.
I have a clump of 3-4 river birch trees anchoring each corner of a bed that extends across the front of my house at the foundation, that were planted four years ago. When purchased them I followed the recommendation to plant them 5-6 ft. from the foundation; however they have grown to about twenty feet tall. I have kept the bottom branches pruned to about four feet from the ground, and have spot lights highlighting the beautiful red bark at night.
My concern is that the tree can grow 40-60 ft tall, (duh) and I worry about the possibility of damage to my foundation and the siding of my house. (I know, I should have thought about that before I planted them. ) Would you recommend topping and shaping them, or just cutting down and removing them, starting out fresh with a smaller tree that does not grow to be so large?
I love these trees, and wish that I would have thought a little more before planting them so close to the house. Or moved then earlier to another part of my property.
Any suggestions would be appreciated. I reside in Northern Dinwiddie County, VA
Thank you in advance.
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I am expereicing some problems with all my birch trees with the leaves turning yellow and falling off prematurily.
What is needed for this? These trees are 9 years old and 25/30 feet tall. Very nice trees with pretty bark,