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Getting the balance right

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As I approached the station decandling this year, I checked my pines to see if any were on the weak side, but still strong enough to be decandled. These trees need to be decandled on the early side so the summer growth has time to fill before the fall. Looking around I saw a whole lot of pine trees, but I remembered that the trees were not all strong in winter. This is certainly the case with my red pine forest.

Red pine forest

Red group pine plantation – 29 May

Although growth is practically offset here, I remembered that the tree looked very different in winter.

Red pine forest - 1/11/15

red pine, January 11 – the trees on the right are much stronger than the trees on the left

me decandled these trees in side late last year because they were very strong last year. I also wasted a lot of needles, but only from the trees on the left, not because I have time to get to the needles of the two trees on the right side before they began to grow in spring. The result was strong growth in the trees on the right side and not much growth in other trees. This became evident in spring when new shoots elongated.

Red pine

Spring growth – April 13

Red pine

vigorous growth in the trees on the right

Red pine

modest growth in the trees on the left hand

the goal for this year is to restore balance sowing. To do that, decandled the weak trees before decandled strong trees. I started with the central shaft and the first tree on the left at the end of May.

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Red pine forest

decandling After the first two trees – 30 May

10 days after decandled trees with moderate growth.

Red pine forest

decandling After the two pines on the left – June 9

decandled me the two strongest trees last.

Red pine forest

After decandling the last two trees – June 17 [of

After all the trees were decandled, it was clear there was still plenty more needles in the two trees to the right. To curb these trees a little, I pulled some needles so that there was not a comparable number of needles in the five trees.

Red pine forest

After pulling the needles of the two trees on the right side

time and after care will determine how trees are filled this summer. Meanwhile, the tree will remain in full sun, get lots of water, and get an increasing amount of fertilizer through summer.

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