Birch Tree Dieback - Knowledgebase Question

st.johns, NF
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Question by sstacey
May 22, 1999
My mature birch trees are suffering from die back on the tops. What may be causing this, and what can be done to save them?

Answer from NGA
May 22, 1999
There are a couple of possibilites that come to mind: Bronze birch borer, or a fungal disease. These problems usually affect trees that are in a weakened state, due to poor growing conditions or extreme weather. The only way to find out for sure is to have a professional arborist take a look at the trees and make a diagnosis. You will have to at least cut out the dying portions of the trees, and treat them with great care to restore them to health. Best of luck!

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