transplanting River Birches

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by clyde, Oct 10, 2004.

  1. clyde

    clyde LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 335

    Hey guys haven't been here in about 2 months

    I have to transplant 2 river birches i planted 2 yrs ago.
    The owner wants them some where else in the yard.

    any advice on does and don'ts on river birches....


  2. Coffeecraver

    Coffeecraver LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA.
    Posts: 793

    1) Transplanting may not work,there is only a 60-75% survival rate.

    2) The client must be made aware of this in case they do not survive and
    they blame you.

    3) Were the trees B&B (ball and burlap) or container?

    4)Was the ground you planted them a wet area,River Birch do well in a wet area.

    5) When you planted them did you cut the wire from the top of the basket.

    6) If they were container, did you cut the roots at the time of planting?

    7) These trees will weep out about 20' have you allowed for that?
  3. tom9054

    tom9054 LawnSite Member
    from iowa
    Posts: 19

    how large are these trees?
    thinking it would be better to wait for spring.

    also read some where birch require sweating. And to tell ya what I never have understood just what sweating is or does.
    Maybe the Coffee man can help us both out here?
  4. clyde

    clyde LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 335

    12ft tall

    bought from lows at the end of not last year but b4

    i read something about the way a River Birch bleeds too somewhere

    not sure what that means...?
    the guy also wants them pruned up as well

  5. Coffeecraver

    Coffeecraver LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA.
    Posts: 793

    Sweating is a Nursery procedure)[/SIZE] To promote bud break on hard to
    transplant varieties sweating is helpful. Before planting or containerizing
    the trees should be laid down and covered with wet packing material until
    they break bud. River birch, oak, hawthorn and red bud are some of the
    varieties that will benefit from this procedure.This

    Transplanting should be done in early spring.
    Marking one side of the trunk will allow a tree to be placed in the same orientation at which it grew in its original location. Consistent orientation may help to prevent sunscald injury to stems.
    Prior to digging, shrubs and trees with low branches should have these branches tied up to prevent injury during the digging, transporting and planting .

    Never allow plant roots to become dry during the transplanting process. Water two to three days before digging if the soil is dry. Trees and shrubs that have been dug for transplanting should be planted as soon as possible. Cover a root ball with damp material which will retain moisture (burlap, peat moss, canvas, plastic, etc.) until planting.

    Plastic should only be used in shaded areas for less than a day or heat injury and/or root suffocation may occur. When a tree or shrub is stored, it should be protected from direct sunlight, winds, and temperature extremes. If any woody plants cannot be planted for more than a week, their roots should be covered with a mulch or moist soil and the plants should be placed in a shaded area. In all cases root systems should not be allowed to dry out. Dry roots can severely decrease the potential for transplant success.

    Birches and maples should only be pruned in late spring after the leaves have reached full size. This will help to keep the Birch from bleeding. When a birch tree is bleeding about all you can do is keep it well watered so the moisture loss is minimized :rolleyes:
    The problem with this is that because the bronze birch borer is active during the spring and open pruning wounds are inviting to them.
    Fall would be the better choice,the tree will recover from bleeding but not the borer :blob3:
    Fertilize once or twice per year with a specially formulated fertilizer for Birch trees.

    Proper planting holes are important in tree survival. Holes should be two to three times wider than the root ball If the soil is clay and the sides of the hole become glazed during digging, the sides of the hole should be roughened with a spade. Pre-water holes before planting in dry soils. This prevents initial post-plant water from migrating away from the root ball. Plant at the same depth that the tree or shrub was growing in its previous location.
    Damaged roots should be clean-cut with a sharp blade prior to planting. If any circling or kinked roots are discovered during the transplanting procedure, sever them to prevent future girdling of the plant.
  6. clyde

    clyde LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 335


    That was very VERY interesting ....
    about sweating though... So u just put the tree in like a hole like a Grave???
    and cover it until it bud's???
  7. activelandscaping

    activelandscaping LawnSite Member
    Posts: 241

    River Birches are also susceptible to Iron Chlorosis, if not planted in acidic soil they will need to be treated with chelated Iron.

  8. Coffeecraver

    Coffeecraver LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA.
    Posts: 793

    No that is a nursery Procedure when the trees are young,it is not practicle in the feild,with a tree that big.

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