Pine Shelterbelt Rehabilitation

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4 years 7 months ago #548441 by Desmonda
Hi,
3 years ago I had our pine Shelterbelt topped as it was left to grow wild and high. With the top growing wide one side didn't receive sun and lower 2/3rds has no growth.

Does anyone have any ideas on how I go about rehabilitating the shaded side.
Ideally I don't want pines back under there as it is next to a small native Grove which is slowly growing and I'd like it to blend it into it..

Thanks.
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4 years 7 months ago #548444 by LongRidge
Why do you want the pines there at all? We had a cypress and cedar shelterbelt close to the house that had a few straggly native self-sown, which we cut down 3 years ago. The straggly natives have grown so quickly that they are now the shelter.

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4 years 7 months ago #548462 by Mudlerk
You won't get what is called 'epicormic' sprouting from the trunk [like gums do] of a pine. I'd suggest you infill with native 'undergrowth' plants -- mahoe, coprosmas, pittosporum, etc. With the help of internet websites, they're easy to grow from seed.

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