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Pine Tree Thinning/Culling #675136

Asked August 10, 2020, 2:58 PM EDT

We have a long row of Pine trees that are beginning to crowd one another. We have culled a few rows years and years ago and the result was that the remaining pines became healthier and were able to stretch out. Just wanting some confirmation that this is a viable and sound practice for the remaining pines. If there is another option I am all ears. Thank you very much.

Converse County Wyoming

Expert Response

I think your approach makes sense. I would suggest keeping in mind the mature width of the trees when making decisions on which trees to remove. Give them room to grow, but there is a maximum width/spread for the tree. You'll have to decide on the desired density of the tree row. Also, I'd look for dead, dying, sick, weak trees first. Remove others based on density and spacing. 
Chris Hilgert Replied August 10, 2020, 4:53 PM EDT

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