Wilding Pines or Conifers are a national problem, they overwhelm our native landscapes, they suck the soil dry and their mulch and canopy discourages our native plants from growing.
Wilding Pines or Conifers (Pinaceae – Pinus spp. | Douglas fir, Maritime pine or Radiata pine) are a real risk in areas where there is no native bush, they modify the natural ecosystems so much that our unique New Zealand landscape is lost and native plants and animals are evicted or die. Within our native forests they suck the ground dry and their needles form an acidic carpet which inhibits the growth of some of our native plants.
Wilding Pines are Dirty Dozen because they change our native habitats forcing plants and animals out and inhibit the growth of our native forests.
How you can help…
You can remove them by pulling out small seedlings, by cutting below ground level and there last needle (be careful not to leave a single pine needle on the stump!) or applying herbicide. If your using herbicides you can Drill holes at 100mm intervals around the trunk and put in undiluted glyphosate or use MetGel Cut’n’Paste. When using MetGel for the best outcome you should cut just above the ground and quickly (within a few seconds) apply the gel. Try working in pairs, one cutting and the other pasting. Please always read the instructions on the label and wear protective clothing.
If you are in the Tutukaka area and need help or access to MetGel please contact us text 022 526 1972 or email email@example.com – our team of weed surveyors and slayers are only too happy to assist!
For more information check out Northland Regional Council’s Pest Control Hub (click here) or Weedbusters (click here)