Unstable young birch tree
We purchased a silver birch tree in the bargin section of our local garden centre about 4 1/2 years ago. The tree was in a 5 ltr pot and was around 7-8 feet tall. We dug a large hole and put plenty of organic matter and bone meal in the hole to encourage root growth and staked the tree. We live in a windy area and consequently left the tree staked for the first 4 years. The tree grew well, had a nice canopy and looked healthy last summer. We removed the stake last autumn assuming the tree would be well rooted and would continue to thrive. However, over the winter, with the winds and wet soil the tree is constantly blowing over, and it seems that it has a very poor root system. Consequently we have re-staked the tree low down to the base of the trunk. All the other trees we purchased at the same time haven't had any problems since their stakes were removed. Obviously we can't leave the birch tree staked forever so we thought we may dig up the tree in the autumn and plant it a foot or so deeper so the base of the trunk was buried. We wondered if anyone has any ideas if this would work?