Planting A Tree For Wet Soils
I have heard that WET FEET are NOT bad for ME-
-says the River Birch tree.
For humans, wet feet are VERY bad and cause "Athlete's Foot" fungus on the skin. The soles of our feet are where the most sweat cells, the densest concentration in our whole body, are found. That's why athletes who sweat so much often get the foot problem which also got their name. And what happens to our skin when we stay in the bathtub or swim too long?
As for trees, some trees actually DIE if the soil that immediately surrounds them is very wet. CONSTANTLY wet. Just ask any Norway Spruce tree.
Maybe you want to drink a lot of water when you run, or do a workout, or heavy physical labor. Well, similarly, trees that grow fast and grow large, want to drink a lot of water too. But, they don't want to stay permanently immersed in it!
That's part of the problem with clay soil, the poor drainage and moisture retention. Some clays can hold water over 40 times their volume. Wow.
Even when rainfall is below average, there are areas on most any property where water collects and the ground is especially wet.
So, look for low spots, look where perhaps where there are springs where groundwater constantly rises, and what about looking for where gutters and storm drains empty? Then, plant a River birch Tree right there and watch it grow!
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About the Author
Bill has been growing trees and plants near Doylestown Township Pennsylvania for over 25 years. His web sites include www.seedlingsrus.com www.huntingrelics.com and www.zone5trees.com
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