Can anyone help me with my silver birch trees please? I planted 9 in
total in October last year. The soil has quite a high clay content and
so I improved the earth in the planting hole with lots of grit, small
stones and compost. In spring, they started to bud but only one has
ever reached full leaf. One looks as though it is completely dead and
the other 7 only have leaves growing from lower down on the trunks. It
has been a very wet and very cold winter with sustained periods of
temperatures below zero. I know that silver birch don't like heavy,
wet, clay soils but I thought that I had improved the soil sufficiently
enough to get them going. It is bizarre that one of them is growing well
and looks superb but the others...........
I am hoping that it is just the shock of being transplanted (they are
around 3m tall) followed by the harsh winter and that next spring they
will "come right". Does anyone have any thoughts?