Birch trees can do well in Minn. , but there are things to know before planting

  • Article by: Deb Brown , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 27, 2009 - 12:32 PM

Birches are beautiful trees and usually grow well in Minnesota. But there are a few things you should know about them before planting.

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worldcitizenJan. 27, 09 6:54 PM

There is evidence that bronze birch borer is attracted to the sap - trim in the winter. Also, a systemic insecticide (orthene, cygon might be banned) sprayed in the spring works on the emerging adults when they feed on the new leaves. Painting full strength systemic on the lower bark is not recommended for a lot of reasons. Or, never saw a single instance of borer in River Birch in 15 years as a landscape foreman.

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richtoddJan. 27, 09 7:03 PM

what a birch, dude!

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ruphinaJan. 28, 0912:02 AM

pretty, but sheds like a dozen golden retreivers. If you don't like hundreds of twigs on your lawn even 8 hrs after mowing, try something else. Bill G.

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phemmekeJan. 28, 09 8:16 AM

You can't get rid of river birch it grows so well. Nightmare!

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malaysagaJan. 28, 0910:06 AM

I probably planted four clumps over four years and had no success. I went out into the woods of Wisconsin, dug up three birch, planted them and they are beautiful.....I believe that the wild variety are more hardy...

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