How to Water Your River Birch Tree

Watering Your Birch Trees

The facts: You can NEVER over water a River Birch! No matter what you think, during the summer months, you are most likely not watering enough. And that thunderstorm? Didn’t do much help either!

You wouldn’t know this until mid-summer – when the heat is at its hottest, the air conditioner can’t keep up, and your Birch’s sashaying leaves have suddenly turned bright yellow. It’s time to water!

Birch Trees are known for their water-guzzling habits (we’re lookin’ at you River Birch!), so it is essential to increase your watering for those trees during the summer. If you see the leaves on your Birch, begin to turn yellow, water water water! When using the Bower & Branch Water Element, our Growers recommend filling it every 3-5 days. This allows the pressure within the bag to maintain, so water is continuously dripped at a rate in which the Birch will receive a sufficient amount of water.

Here are a few steps to keep your River Birch healthy and happy:

  1. Water the river birch tree once every 3 to 5 days in the spring. Using a trickling hose – water the tree slowly and deeply, over a one to two hour period. The river birch likes moist soil and should receive between 30 and 40 gallons of water a month, rainfall included. Note that during the heat of summer months, it is essential to water daily! Watering is crucial during those heat waves!
  2. To protect the tree’s shallow roots and reduce weed competition, spread a 2 to 4-inch layer of organic mulch around the tree every spring. This will improve the soil and help to retain moisture.
  3. Early in the spring, you can feed your tree Bower & Branch Elements™ Fertilizer for optimum growth. Spread the granular fertilizer evenly over the tree’s entire root zone. 

Birch planters, LISTEN PLEASE, your newly planted Birch requires extreme amounts of water in the first year of growing. We must water deeply; sufficient water is probably the most critical factor in maintaining a healthy birch tree. This could require hours of slow drip hose watering on your tree, repeated 3 to 4 times weekly through the summer months. You will not kill your tree from overwatering in any way – it wants to grow, it wants to thrive today – the only limiting factor is available water deep in the ground where your roots are.

Turn on your hose today – We are in the heat of summer, and your new tree needs you!