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Lodgepole Pine in yard

My first year I put in a double curved row of lodgepole in my yard. These trees are about seven years old.


Lodgepole Pine

Pinus contorta var latifolia

Three year old Lodge pole

Three foot lodgepole pine.


Lodgepole pine is Jack's older brother. Not quite as wild. Most of the time will follow the straight and narrow.

Lodgepole makes a good row tree for about 30 years. Then the bottom branches start to look a bit ratty. Set it far enough back from the road or driveway so that when the bottom starts to look bad, you can put a row of something shrubby in front of them to hide the lower bit.

Six year old Lodge pole

18 inch lodgepole pine.


Lodgepole make a good tree for lining a driveway, as part of a shelterbelt, or as a support for christmas lights to decorate your place during the Yuletide season.

Plant about 12 feet apart to leave room for growth. Put a shrub of contrasting color between each one, perhaps a buckthorn or ninebark.

Lodgepole Pine Distribution

Use this map as a guide. If you in the white bit, or near the edge, try with a few pines at first. Water them 2-3 times a summer.

Shelterbelt Use

If you are in sandy soils you may be able to use lodgepole as part of your shelterbelt. If you are on the prairie, get a band of shrubs established first. This will protect the pines while they get established. Pine do not compete with grass well when young. Maintain a 3-4 foot bare earth strip until trees are 6 feet tall. When you are ready to let vegetation back in try a mix of dutch while clover and sheeps fescue.

I suspect that the reason pines are not found on the prairie much is due to fire. Grasslands used to burn off regularly before this area was settled.


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