How to Garden Pine Trees


Pines are the most predominant of all evergreen trees. And with more than 40 different species, ranging from dwarf to giant varieties, a few will surely grow easily in your area. Pine trees make can be planted by themselves as specimen or ornamental trees or grouped together to form a windbreak or privacy screen. These slow-growers do well in full sun to part shade, but different varieties have different moisture requirements, so check with your local nursery. All pines require well-drained soil and ample space in which to grow.

Planting and Care

Step 1

Choose a site for your pine tree that does not impede sidewalks, driveways or underground utility lines. Dig a hole twice the size of the root ball and one-and-a-half times the depth.

Step 2

Add compost, manure or peat moss to the soil in and around the hole and mix well. Place the tree in the hole and make sure it is standing straight. Backfill with a third of the soil. Add some water and let it soak in.

Step 3

Backfill with more soil, adding water as you go. When the soil is at the top of the root ball, compact the soil.

Step 4

Create a ring of soil around the base of your tree at least 3 inches away from the trunk. This will keep water from flowing away from the tree. Water thoroughly.

Step 5

Add approximately 3 inches of mulch around the base of your tree to keep in moisture. Water during extreme dry spells during the first year.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Water
  • Compost or manure
  • Mulch


  • "New Complete Guide to Gardening"; Susan Roth, 1997
  • "Evergreens"; James Crockett, 1979
  • Colorado State University Extension: Evergreen Trees
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