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Asked by Anonymous on November 9, 2010
Deer Damage on Red Pine

I have some Red Pine that I have planted only to have a buck polish his antlers on the trunk of one of the trees. The tree is about 2-1/2 inches or so in diameter. He has rubbed the bark off all around the tree about 18 inches long. Can I repair this and save the tree?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

If the bark is gone all the way around in that wide of a swath, it is unlikely that the tree will survive.

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Asked by Anonymous on December 13, 2010
Removing Pine Sap From Windshield

There is a spot of pine pitch on my windshield. What natural method can I use to remove it safely?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Removing sap can be difficult but not impossible. This article should help: http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/tgen/how-to-remove-tree-sap.htm

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Asked by fawn on January 3, 2011
Pine Trees

What is the fastest growing pine tree?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

According to the Arbor Day Foundation, the white pine is the fastest growing pine tree, growing approximately 1 to 3 feet each year before reaching maturity (80 ft.).

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Asked by Anonymous on January 27, 2011
Italian Stone Pine

Can this tree be planted outside, and if so, can we plant now?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

It depends on where you live as to whether or not you can plant it outside. If it gets colder that 15 degrees F in the winter where you live, it will have to stay in a container and be protected in the winter. If it does not get too cold, plant it out in the spring, when you get the highest rainfall.

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Asked by Anonymous on February 6, 2011
Conifer

I water my conifers regularly but the leaves go brown. Why?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

It could be lack of lime, but it could also be either left over damage from winter cold or a lack of sunight. Do you prune your conifers? If you do, you may have pruned the top too wide. If you do not, they may need to be pruned a bit to allow more sun to the lower branches.

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Asked by Anonymous on February 9, 2011
Why Are Conifers Turning Brown

I live in Tasmania’s northwest coast and have four conifers, about six feet tall, planted in a line next to one another. I have noticed that some areas are turning brown. This is mainly around the bottom and one has brown appearing on the side. I was told that it may be a lack of lime in the soil. I was also told that this is normal in the summer and I should not do anything. Can you please advise me?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

It could be lack of lime, but it could also be either left over damage from winter cold or a lack of sunight. The sunlight is especially true if the tree or shrub is affected on the bottom of the plant. Sunlight does not get down to the lower branches through the upper branches and the lower limbs start to die.

Do you prune your conifers? If you do, you may have pruned the top too wide. If you do not, they may need to be pruned a bit to allow more sun to the lower branches.

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Asked by Anonymous on February 23, 2011
Pine Needles and Eucalyptus Damaging Soil

I have several large pine trees and eucalyptus trees on the hill behind my house. The leaves and needles find there way into my rose garden and flower beds. Will this prevent them from growing well, and is there anything I can do about it?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Both pine needles and eucalyptus leaves in themselves will not hurt your plants, but both needles and leaves are known to raise the acid levels in the soil they decompose in. This will not cause a problem for your plants as long as you regularly test the soil (which should be done anyway to make sure nutrients are balanced) and treat the soil if the acid levels get too high.

Here is information on treating high acid in soil:
http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/lower-acid-soil.htm

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