Pine trees or conifers: Christmas trees and their care
As Christmas draws near, many of us are thinking about a pine tree as the Christmas tree centrepiece of our family gathering.
Pine trees are also known as conifers, after the cones that they bear. They are northern hemisphere trees, that we usually associate with Europe and North America. Most do need cool climates, it’s true. But even the subtropics like south-east Queensland can support at least some kinds of pine trees. Driving around the highways of south-east Queensland you will see plenty of plantations of pine trees grown for their timber. You will now also see some varieties of conifers in the Brisbane Botanic Gardens at Mt Coot-tha.
At this time of year, of course, they are available at nurseries, hardware stores and elsewhere as perfect Christmas trees. Once the season is over, you can make good mulch from them. Contact us at AllRound Tree Services for all your post-Christmas mulching needs.
Growing and caring for pine trees in south-east Queensland
Although they are associated with cold climates, pine trees are very adaptable. You can grow many pine trees with success in south-east Queensland. They offer wonderful landscaping opportunities, making excellent hedges, screening trees and offering contrast to your garden. They are also mostly low-maintenance, needing little pruning, and are long-living. Pine trees come in a wide variety of sizes and shapes and their foliage also varies widely for colour and texture.
Space your pine trees well in our warm, humid climat. Keeping air flowing between them will reduce the risk of disease. Don’t overwater them. Keep their roots cool with plenty of compost or mulch. Your pine tree should only need a light occasional trim to keep it neat.
That’s unless you are considering using pines for hedges, mazes, topiary or bonsai. If that’s the case, get in touch with us at AllRound Tree Services today, as we offer all these services for your pine trees.
Happy trees, happy Christmas from AllRound Tree Services.