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need pruning advice on young pine tree

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by redmax fan, Jul 12, 2008.

  1. redmax fan

    redmax fan LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,505

    young white pine bought at lowes this spring at about 4' with about a 24" root ball . and in the 3 months since weve had alot of rain and the main trunk has sprouted up near 24" very quickly and this morning i noticed that recent 24" quick trunk growth at tree top has become so supple it couldnt stand its own weight and bent right over vertical to the ground . so i was thinking give it a stake support / prune it / let it go ?

    its in very rich soil / full sun , and i lightly fertilized it with simple / basic fertilizer a month ago . and was well watered til past 3 weeks when ive let it go because weve been getting at least 2 decent rains per week .
  2. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    I've honestly never seen a pine tree that has been staked before. I wouldn't think you would have to. Give it a little time, between the wind, rain, ect, it should get stronger over time. I've seen a lot of plants and trees bend after a hard rain, or wind, and it bounces back about the time I think I need to do something with it.

    Somebody might chime in who has more experiences with a pine.

    It's awesome your getting good growth out of your tree. I've had bad experiences with pine trees from lowes.
  3. redmax fan

    redmax fan LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,505

    i had bad experiences with my first several 3' to 4' evergreens i was buying for my yard from homedepot and lowes every spring . then this one i kept the burlap root wrapping on in order that i didnt disturb the roots and its thriving . i left the first 4" or so of the burlap at trunk above ground as my planting depth . i just removed the nails and twine from the burlap once i got it into hole .

    thanx for the input .
  4. redmax fan

    redmax fan LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,505

    ps - i didnt mean that 4" of the entire root ball is above ground ,
    just 4" out from the trunk in both directions you can see the top of the burlaped root ball .
  5. PSUturf

    PSUturf LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 663

    Don't prune it. You will eliminate the central leader and ruin the shape of the tree. Stake if needed.
  6. redmax fan

    redmax fan LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,505

    thanx for the advice , that makes sense and i sure wouldnt
    want to butcher the tree up by cutting off the peak .
  7. BostonBull

    BostonBull LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 520

    Was it actual burlap or the plastic style burlap the junk box stores use?

    Dont prune it, it will grow taller and stronger.

    Any pictures? Pictures are priceless when it comes to helping you.
  8. redmax fan

    redmax fan LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,505

    its real burlap , and thanx for pruning advice .
    and though right now my cameras
    malfunctioning so cant photo the main trunk that
    was bent over is back standing after i straightend
    it out and heavily watered tree past 2 days .
  9. Isobel

    Isobel LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 548

    while i've never seen a pine staked, I can't see what the problem would be. Stake it.
  10. BostonBull

    BostonBull LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 520

    Water it deeply and INfrequently. 1-2 times a week with no rain, and maybe once a week with rain. This will force the roots to go deeper for nutrients and become stronger.

    Take the stakes of, if you put them on, withing 3-6 months. They are not good for the trees roots. Trees need to sway in the wind a little to grow compression wood in the trunk and limbs and to develop deeper stronger roots.

    Good Luck!

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