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Question DetailsAsked on 6/10/2014

I have a birch tree and only the bottom few branches have leaves. Is there anything I should do?

I know many evergreens were damaged because of the cold last winter but most of the other trees have more leaves by now. Should I add fertilizer? (It doesn't get fertilized with the lawn because there is a rock wall at the back of my property) It might have been a little slow to leaf out last year when I moved in but not this slow.

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Could be sap is not flowing that high yet - generally, when birches die out the top leaves are the last to go as it dies, not the first.

If short, then maybe moose or deer muched the tends of top branches off so has to grow new bud stalks first ?

Otherwise, I would keep watered well if not naturally damp area - at least several consecutive hours with sprinkler per week unless heavy rains, and fertilize per instructions with 16-16-16 or 12-12-12 or similar tree and shrub rated fertilizer, for diameter equal to height of tree out to maximum of maybe 20 foot radius around tree.

However, looks to me like you have 4-5 trees in that center gap area that are dead or dying - chemical poisoning or feet too wet due to runoff maybe - or may just be starving for sunlight with those bigger trees adjacent to them, or may be hill they are on is too dry and needs watering ?

For a professional assessment you would need to get a certified Arborist to look at them - but probably $100+ for a site visit. Some yard/plant centers who sells trees have one, as do some tree trimming/cutting companies.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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