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Thinning pine trees
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Patty    Posted 02-17-2004 at 08:47:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We just bought a property with wild pine trees on it. We want to thin them out so they can grow properly. Should we try to dig out the ones we don't want? Or, should we cut off the ones we don't want so we don't disturb the roots of the good ones?

deadcarp    Posted 02-17-2004 at 12:16:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
the forestry calls that thinning and trimming - start by walking thru and drop anything else but the best ones til they're a handspan apart (about 6 feet). start at one corner so you have room to back up. drop anything with dead tops (falling or red needles), trim the limbs to about 3-6 feet high (depending on tree size) and just disc down a firebreak around the stand and let the trimmings rot into the ground. in a couple years it will look like a park. :)

toolman    Posted 02-17-2004 at 11:22:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
when we thin around here we cut the underbrush , small pines etc,and they have never sprouted any shoots or anything like that.

Fawteen    Posted 02-17-2004 at 08:54:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Cut 'em off. As far as I know, pines won't resprout from the stump.

Salmoneye    Posted 02-17-2004 at 10:09:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
Shouldn't resprout if cut right at ground level...If they do, cut the sprouts and that should get em...

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