Caring for Pine Trees, Preventing Disease

Pine trees are softwood evergreens of which there are about 110 species. Because they can grow in clusters they are great for wind protection and privacy. They do however require a certain degree of maintenance to regulate their health.



Most pine tree varieties grow rather quickly and prefer acidic, moist and well-drained soil. With many large lateral branches and shallow root systems, regular watering and pruning helps them maintain stability and keeps the trees healthy. Arming your tree, so to speak, with the right conditions allow it to much better tolerate stress, insects and pine tree diseases.



Pruning is of utmost importance to the health of your pine tree and if not done relatively routinely, the fast growing pine tree can outgrow its surroundings and lose its shape. It preserves and improves pine tree structure, vigor and life-span. Not to mention pruning can improve the aesthetics of the tree, reducing visible defects and structural pine tree problems.



Tree branches that are broken, dead or show signs of disease should also be removed to prevent decay-producing fungi from infecting other areas of the pine tree. Removal of live branches is occasionally necessary to allow increased exposure to sunlight and circulation of air within the canopy. This assists in reduction of certain pine tree diseases. Removing branch stubs also promotes successful trunk wound healing.