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Question: Our Poplar tree looks like it has died on one side. It did not put out any leaves on one side this year. I was told the life of these trees is only 15 years - is this true? I know it is not 15 years old yet. We have two pine trees planted very close to our house in the backyard. How would we prune these trees? They are too tall and wide. Someone told us we can't trim from the top. I really don't want to take them down. We can't find any landscape people that are any good. We have tried them several times and they have butchered up everything we have. I have some paper whites bulbs and I want to plant them in the yard. When can I plant them and do the multiply?
Thank you,
Joyce Raney, Carrollton, Texas

Answer: Joyce,

The poplar is a problematic, short lived species. I suggest you remove yours now and replace with a better species.

If a pine tree is pruned back farther than where there are living needles on a branch that branch will not regrow. Therefore if you have a branch that is too long you need to cut it back to the trunk or where it joins another branch. There is therefore not a good way to keep a pine more compact due to the fact that they won't regrow from a more severe pruning like most other tree species will. If you want a pine tree to not be so large your best bet is to plant a more dwarf species such as Japanese Black pine.

Paperwhites do well in an area with most day sun or even in the shade of a deciduous tree where they foliage can receive sun during the critical late winter to spring period when the bulb's energies are replenished.

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