Pines are naturally very hardy in nature. They can be grown at home without much care and maintenance. For this reason, more and more people opt for growing them in their home garden. However, there are some common problems faced while growing these trees. Sometimes, they tend to grow too large for the area where they have been planted.
The best times for planting the seeds are the months of December or January, and they germinate by March or April. They should be planted in small pots, with the seeds placed vertically down just below the surface of the soil. Proper exposure to sunlight and regular watering is a must at this stage.
Most of the pine trees species are adapted to drought condition, hence they require only occasional watering. They should be watered in the fall in order to prevent drying out in the winter. For the first five years, you should fertilize the tree either during early spring or late fall.
Pruning is an integral part of the pine tree maintenance. It is a process that involves removal of dead, diseased, and injured parts of the plants. It will also improve the shape and size of the tree. This will encourage the tree to grow denser foliage.
The ideal time for pruning is late spring. First, look out for the dead or injured parts of the tree. It is likely that most of these dead branches will be near the trunk area of the tree. Once you have located one or more dead branches, remove them from the tree either with the pruning saw or shears.
Many branches of pines tend to touch the ground, which often looks haphazard. These need to be eliminated to give a neat and straight look to the tree. This will also make the basic clean-up work under the tree easier. If the pine is tall enough, then you have to use a pole pruner to cut its higher branches.
It consists of a saw and a hook blade that can help you to reach out to the upper part of the tree quite easily. The new growth takes place in the form of pine candles. The center pine candle grows rapidly and makes the tree taller.
Now, we know that pruning will save pines from diseases and ensure proper growth. Take care that you do not over-prune them. This means, do not prune too many branches from the tree at one time as it would slow down the overall growth of the tree and would weaken its remaining branches. It is recommended to keep two-third branches of the pine intact.