Help! Lower Limbs of Pines Were Cut - Will They Grow Back?

newenglandgardenSeptember 11, 2010

We have a stand of big, beautiful old pine trees in our front yard. Unfortunately, my husband just went out and impulsively cut ALL the limbs off the bottom few feet of each tree. Our entire backyard is now visible to the street, the privacy screening effect is gone, the noise from the street is no longer muffled, and our children have lost the "enchanted forest" they loved to play in. The trees are still there, however the branches now start about 3- 4 feet above the ground so it has lost the natural beauty it used to have.

I'm extremely sad. I HATE the new look. We had the trees professionally pruned this spring, and actually paid to have the higher branches thinned so the lower limbs would fill in a bit. So yes, hubby's in the dog house. But in the meantime, I am searching everywhere trying to figure out if there's any hope for the lower limbs growing back in and if there's anything I can do to encourage regrowth at the bottom.

Please help! Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you!

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dcsteg(5 Shawnee, KS.)

Sorry... they will never return.

"Having higher branches thinned so the lower limbs would fill in a bit" is a misnomer. That never works either.

By the way is it the front yard or the back yard you are dealing with? Not tracking well here.


    Bookmark   September 12, 2010 at 8:58AM
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Time to move.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2010 at 11:13AM
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toronado3800 Zone 6 StLouis(6)

You could throw some shade tolerant bushes under the pines. Maybe Hostas also.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2010 at 2:21PM
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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

"Time to move" LOL

Do you have room between the pines and the street to plant something in front of them? Dave is right, they wont grow back, but depending on the tree, the upper branches may sag down in time.


    Bookmark   September 13, 2010 at 12:16AM
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bernd ny zone5

Now all kind of weeds and grass can grow under the trees and he can mow those. Time to use Roundup on the weeds and mulch the area!

    Bookmark   September 13, 2010 at 10:16AM
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Here in Germany you often see Rhododendron ( or Taxus ) under Pines.

    Bookmark   September 13, 2010 at 12:52PM
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