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Growing Together, Issue #89
June 27, 2014

Western Yellow Pine

Welcome to the June landscape solutions, Growing Together Newsletter. It is my pleasure to be with all of you again at the end of a month. As always, I want to welcome our new members, as well as all of you returning.This month, Herbee and I wanted to share a little information on the, Western Yellow Pine.

western yellow pine

The Latin or botanical name is, Pinus Ponderosa. Now for those of you that have seen US TV in past years, the tree was made known and popular by the show, Bonanza. Ah, going back a little bit in time.

The Western yellow pine can mature up to 100 feet in height. The average height is between 60 and 70 feet tall. It can expand out 25 to 30 feet. This member of the pine family will grow well in zones 3 through 7 here in the United States, The needles on this pine can develop 5 to 11 inches long. There are clusters of two to three needles.

Another reason why this tree is so popular, is its ability to survive in a variety of different soils. The Yellow pine will grow in mountainous regions, coastal, clay base, sand, and loam. Loam is a combination of different ingredients. Sand, silt, and a mixture of clay.

This huge pine is used for privacy, shade, and windbreaks. The western yellow pine can tolerate dry climates as well. It needs full sun for maturity and health. The pine can be easily transferred. When young, this pine takes on a thin pyramid shape. The trunk is bare with groups of branches at the top. The result is a cone shaped or flat top end.

Herbee wanted to share a little bit of history on a relative of the western yellow pine. A closely related specie is call the lodgepole pine. (Pineus contorta) One of the difference is the lodgepole pine has a straight trunk. The needles are curved or twisted, which the Ponderosa pine has straight needles. The other big difference is the Pineus variety needs damp soil conditions.

If you live in the zones mentioned above, and are in need of a shade or privacy tree, check your local growers and nurseries to see if you can add this tree to your outdoor investment. A good choice.

Tip For The Month

Herbee Greenthumb

The heat is on for the summer months. Time to take action on keeping all your trees, shrubs, and flowers on a watering schedule. If you are in a geographic location that doesn't receive much rain, make sure you properly water all of these plants. Keep track of how often you are watering.

Also, be aware of insects, beetles, and fungus on your plants. Make sure if you see any of these, to find out how to safely take care of the problem.

For those of you in the southern hemisphere, you won't be watering quite as much right now, but do keep an eye on your plants, especially your indoor plants.

Thought For The Month

Herbee and I wanted to share how excited we are that we have been eating fresh vegetables from our garden. We have had several bowls of green beans we have brought in. Yellow and white squash, zucchini, and cucumbers. We have clusters of green tomatoes getting ready to turn color. The other night I made some fried green tomatoes.

Other news is we celebrated Isaiah's first birthday on June 7th. He was sick with a fever. I bet some of you can relate to a child being sick on his or her birthday. The party did still take place. Take the time to smile today, and enjoy the beauty of nature and people around you. Thank you for joining Herbee and I, and we wish you a very happy, healthy, and safe July. Talk to you again at the end of July.

Herbee Greenthumb and Kimberly

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