Single-Flush Pine Needle Clean-up

Michael Hagedorn

Here’s a Shore Pine that needs a fall once-over. Fall is a prime time to adjust pines with wires and remove old pine needles at the same time.

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The single flush pines push out a candle in the spring and that’s it for the year. By fall this Shore Pine was looking happy but shaggy. The silhouette and pads were losing detail. Many older wires were not yet biting in so I left them, and readjusted the branches. I added only two or three small wires.

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Removal of the third-year needles takes off the yellowing ones by default, and the tree looks greener. Some shoots had gotten too long and were cut back to smaller, shorter side shoots. Two years of needles were left on this tree. I find thinly foliaged specimens do better with multiple years of needles, getting weaker if left with only one year’s needles. Very full…

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