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Hi, 

Has anybody had any experience in pruning Mexican weeping pine-trees? 

 I have a customer with quite a large one.... which appears to have been damaged by the frosts, not quite sure where to start?? 

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8 hours ago, Beavis said:

Hi, 

Has anybody had any experience in pruning Mexican weeping pine-trees? 

 I have a customer with quite a large one.... which appears to have been damaged by the frosts, not quite sure where to start?? 

 

Might it be better to see how the tree recovers/produces new foliage first?

 

Answer might depend on how busy you are.:D

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Might it be better to see how the tree recovers/produces new foliage first?
 
Answer might depend on how busy you are.
Yeah, have advised the customer to wait and see, she wants to press on though! Not sure how much can be cut off without going too far and messing up the regrowth?

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Why does she want to cut anything off? 
She wants to reduce it quite a bit as it's on a boundary hedge. Has had the top taken out before so growing outward! Looked at it again today, Defo not very well. Also can see where limbs have been hacked off before and have all died!!

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You may have Mexican Weeping Pines (Pinus patula) in your area Mozzie.
They are naturalizing in NSW and Queensland from gardens and commercial plantations and are considered an invasive weed.
I have one in my yard and the needle length on it is about 17cm. web references say 15 to 25cm. 
They are easy to recognise from a distance due to their weeping habit, the bark is red brown in places and female cones curve downwards.
 

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