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Seasonal observations of the Master Gardeners
by Sharon Leos
on September 2, 2011 at 9:24 AM
We had a birch tree in our well irrigated front lawn for fifteen years. I write had because this summer it died! Perfect timing of your article, we'll look for signs of borers when we take it down. Now we know it may have just lived out its life. Thanks!
by Donna J. Seslar
on September 2, 2011 at 7:33 PM
Great, interesting blog! One of our neighbors has a house set back from the street and they have planted white birches as well as other trees in what amounts to mini forest..all trees seem to be thriving. As another neighbor teased, ""pretty soon I will be able to hunt moose in there!"
by Carolyn Neumann
on September 2, 2011 at 7:54 PM
As with any unhealthy tree, they become a breeding ground for insect, fungal and bacterial infections. Keep your lawn trees healthy by fertilizing and assuring they get enough water but removing lawn or anything growing under them that competes with their water and food. In a perfect situation the diameter of the circle under the tree should be as wide as the drip line. Most people however want grass under them in which case they must be pampered even more. Pamper your trees and keep them healthy.
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