Wind-damaged birch


Old 01-10-05, 06:54 PM
Sharon Louise
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Wind-damaged birch

A storm partially uprooted our birch tree. My husband plans to dig out space under the exposed roots, use a winch to straighten the tree, and cover the roots with soil. Does anyone have some tips to do this sucessfully. Thanks for any advice.

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Old 01-12-05, 10:57 PM
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Hello Sharon

When Ivan his us in western NC some of our 10 to 15 foot Heirloom Semi Dwarf Apples were blown over. Time was: Summer lot's of rain & warm soil. What we did is sink earth ancors & T posts with a come a long we took them back 2/3 of the way the first pull.

One month later we brought them up all the way & still have them tied off now using thin pink foam like PC parts come wrapped in. Use something to protect the bark, then your rope can stay in place longer. Now to get them straight we used 2 ancors & 2 T post each pulling back from a diffrent angle.

I don't know what zone your in, however if this happened when it was cold & you expect more cold carefuly hand remove some soil & this sounds crazy but take a tarp, then a heating blanket & another blanket on top. Let it warm the soil at the other side from where the roots were pulled up, this will keep small brittle feeder roots, from severing & putting the tree into shock in the Spring.

We were out the next am with driving rain because the sooner you get them back up, the better chance they have of surviving.

Good luck on your task, I wish you good luck on saving your tree.

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