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Just moved into a house and this pine tree is about 20ft from the house. Just wondered what type of tree it is? Also does it need removing because of roots or will it be ok. If it can stay how do we prune it to stop it growing as it's blocking light from the rest of the garden. Any help or advice would be very much appreciated.


Last edited: 07 July 2017 09:35:18


  • Any help would be very much appreciated. 

  • Papi JoPapi Jo Posts: 4,024

    Hi Jonathan! Please be patient. You can't expect fellow forumers to answer within hours.image

    Your tree looks like a pine tree, probably a pinion pine tree. 

    And please try to post your pics right side up next time. image

    It can grow quite high and wide in the course of years so it would probably be better to remove it without delay. 

    Last edited: 07 July 2017 16:07:44

    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,433

    It looks like one of those "dwarf" conifers that are slow growing but not really dwarf. If its 20 ft from the house it will be fine.  If it's blocking your light and you don't like it , take it out.  You won't stop it growing. Your conifer, up to you.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,353

    Pix often appear sideways through no fault of the poster Papi Jo. One of the quirks of the site and individual devices. image

    I also have  a pine at the end of the garden, and the roots are quite extensive, but i'm not worried about it's location, which is also about twenty feet from the house. I remove single branches right back to the main trunk, and that keeps it in check. If you feel it would benefit the garden by allowing in more light, then take it out, but you can also raise the canopy by removing lower branches as I've described. Best done in autumn/winter if you can. They do suck up a lot of moisture from the surrounding soil, so if you don't have a lot of rainfall, it will benefit other plants around it if it's removed.

    I'd take mine out, as it isn't really ideal for the size of the garden, but it does provide the little birds with insects and shelter, and the squirrels with cones, so it can stay - for now! 

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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