Enchanting Beauty Birch Trees In Your Garden
Birch trees can be excellent additions to a garden. The birch trees are the national trees of Finland and Russia, and are known for its enchanting beauty and grace. Birches belong to the Betula family. While many types of birch boast papery white bark, other varieties have brown, orange or salmon-colored trunks. All Betula remain under 50 feet tall and produce delicate leaves that turn yellow in autumn. The tree’s shallow root system requires shade and moisture to develop, although birch leaves need plenty of sun most of the day. A deciduous tree, young birch saplings are best transplanted while dormant. For gardeners who are thinking of planting birch trees, some thought should go into the selection and planting process, while gardeners with existing birches can take steps to keep them healthier. In either case, the average lifespan for a single tree is around 40-50 years, which is something to keep in mind.
There are number of different kinds of birch trees, which grow in different environments. When planting a birch, a gardener should confirm that his or her zone is appropriate for birches, and choose a tree which does well in the natural environment. Looking for thriving birch trees and planting the same kind is often the best way to get a healthy tree. Once a birch tree is planted, it should be kept mulched, to protect the shallow roots. Gardeners can periodically add mycorrhizal fungi and compost to the soil to keep it rich and promote even growth. It is also a good idea to order soil testing to check for missing nutrients. Iron deficiency is a common problem with birch trees which can be addressed with chelated iron tablets.