Pine trees have long been applauded as “Christmas Trees” and other such wondrous affectations, but it can be difficult to maintain one in your lawn or garden. They are a wonderful choice, because they are fast growing compared to most trees, and they stay that beautiful green color all year round. But there are additional maintenance considerations when you choose to have a pine tree that you should be aware of. Here are a few tips and tricks to keeping your pine tree beautiful and luxurious all year round.
Knowing When To Call An Arborist
While pine trees are the easiest to grow, as they require little to know attention and can grow in some of the most barren soil in the world, maintaining them is a whole other matter. They can reach magnificent heights if left unchecked, and this can pose a problem if the space you have chosen for it would not allow for such vertical growth. This is why pruning your tree is an important consideration. You may wish to call a professional tree trimming service to help you with the work and logistics, but if not, here are some tips to keep your tree healthy and properly pruned.
Choosing the shape of your pine tree ahead of time can help quite a bit with logistical concerns. The most common shape it the conical “Christmas Tree.” It is also probably the easiest to maintain, but the possibilities are nearly endless. To achieve this cone shaped tree, you want to prune most heavily at the top of the tree, and leave the bottom branches longer. Keep the approximate dimensions the same every time you go to trim your tree back. If you are having trouble with the exact dimensions, consider calling an arborist to give you a hand.
What To Cut
The next step is to remove about one-third of the crown of your tree every year. While this would damage most other types of trees, this will promote greater growth in all parts of a pine tree. Be careful that you do not cut too much of the crown, as this can damage the overall shape of the tree in the future. As with any other tree, you need to remove all of the dead or diseased branches, but the amount you remove is not a specialized as it is with other types of trees. Lastly, is to remove any branches that are unevenly spaced. Toward the bottom, leave the longest branches and snip the short ones, and shift the ratio the other way as you move further up the tree.
While pine trees can grow side by side, if you have so many that they are brushing up against one another, you may need to call a tree removal specialist. Coniferous trees do not seem to do well when tightly grouped, unless you tier them appropriately to size.