I have two trees that have soft needles, but not sure what it is called
(white pine?). Not sure how old they are, but they are taller then
our house. The falling needles are making a mess on my roof. I would
like to trim them by 1/3 but not sure if that is too much. It's a
very mild winter (above freezing). Should I Waite until it gets
colder or cut now. And how much can I cut with out killing the tree?
My, are we not all so helpful. This tree has been trimmed many times
by the previous owner, but I don't have any other details. And it
will look just fine since I will be shaping the entire tree, by
trimming it, and trimming the top off.
Well, people are trying to tell it to you straight, it seems. For the
price, you got great advice, depending only on the quality of the info
If the tree is an Eastern White Pine, the wood is relatively soft and
brittle, and if that tree is exposed to the wind, it can easily be
damaged by wind/snow/ice, doing damage to the house below. Similarly,
were it a Silver Maple, it would consitute a serious threat when it
gets big enough.
If a Nor-easter is coming, I'd not stay in a BR on the same side. :')
You got pretty good advice, based on non-specific information. Cutting
off the crown is, in general, a bad practice for most trees because it
destroys the natural shape of the tree. Here is a link that gives good
Pruning during a warm spell might promote a growth spurt that is killed
by a hard frost to follow. More to it than cutting, and you would be
better off to try to ID the tree - most county/state extension services
have planting guides that ID plants and give good advice about care that
is species-specific. There are a lot of areas being affected by pine
pests, with loads of trees dying; any unneeded stress might finish off
the tree. If it hangs over the roof, you might be better off in the
long run (which you probably know :o) by removing it and planting a more
Note: While someone may have trimmed the above ground part, you still
have the below ground part. That can damage foundations as well as drains.
It is difficult to tell from here exactly how large the tree is and how
close it is to the house and what possible problems may be caused by it.
If you really want to save it, hire a professional tree service. You really
don't want to try and trim a tree that large yourself anyway.
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