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gazdkw82

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2007 8:01 am Reply with quote

Hi im new to this forum and it looks great!

basically i have a confier tree at the back of my garden. Its about 8 feet or so and its all out of shape and looks like it needs a trim. The thing is i have no idea how to. My next door neighbour said to just cut the top of it and trim it like a hedge but it must be more difficult than that?

Iv had a look in the conifer and inside its very brown im just worried if i trim it, the tree will look brown and unpleasent looking

any advice?

Many thanks
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gazdkw82

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2007 10:48 am Reply with quote

some great tips there but because cnifers/pine trees are such a broad thing im struggling to find advice on my particular tree. mine is very much like the one on the right of this picture

http://images.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://www.treesourcetech.com/junipers.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.treesourcetech.com/photo.html&h=400&w=611&sz=186&hl=en&start=24&um=1&tbnid=wpZpGfaUpwr5EM:&tbnh=89&tbnw=136&prev=/images%3Fq%3Djunipers%26start%3D20%26ndsp%3D20%26svnum%3D10%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN

mine is the same shape and i just want to shape it better. is it as simple as trimmimg like a hedge?
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Bodgeit and scarper ltd

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2007 11:26 am Reply with quote

If you cut it back to the brown bits it will stay brown. All they ever to is grow to sixty feet and fall over. Mine were sixty feet before the storm!
The best thing to do with it is chop it down and get a proper tree.
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BrynRovers

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2007 5:49 pm Reply with quote

Trim it back to about a foot below ground level !!

I recently did this with 10 x 40 foot conifers and the results were spectacular.

I also had a 6 foot one that was turning brown inside, trinmming only made it uglier - cut down was also the answer there.
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