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Re: How to trim (shorten) these trees?

Re: How to trim (shorten) these trees?
Posted by: Ben101 (IP Logged)
Date: November 19, 2015 08:36

Hi Chris,

Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but there is little hope for these trees. What you have are a part of the conifer tree family (Pintophyta) and the strange thing about most of these trees is that once you cut the tree back too far they don't grow back too well. These are quite sparse as it is.

There are a select few within that species that would bush back out again if you were to give them a heavy prune, but i'm not sure if these ones will.

Alternative: Think about lopping these trees and replanting pencil pines in their place. Plant them quite close together. (600m apart trunk to trunk) You can buy ones that are up to 1.5 to 2m tall in pots then just put them straight in the ground.

Pencil pines grow at an average rate of 1m per year, but it is possible to accelerate this somewhat with compost and plenty of water.

You'll have your privacy back in about 18 months

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|  How to trim (shorten) these trees? Chris E 16/11/2015 00:28
||  Re: How to trim (shorten) these trees? Ben101 19/11/2015 08:36

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