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  • Tools for pruning radiata pine
    Chris Meads – Levin Sawmakers, New Zealand Tree Grower August 2005. If you have decided to prune, then use the right pruning equipment. The two most common methods of pruning are…
  • Pruning young poplars
    Sarah Hurst, Ian McIvor, Carlo van den Dijssel, Steve Green, Lindsay Fung, Grant Douglas and Lex Foote, New Zealand Tree Grower May 2006. Since the 1950s over six million poplars have…
  • Pruning and thinning eucalyptus - Stringybark eucalypt silviculture
    Dean Satchell, New Zealand Tree Grower November 2006. Equipped with a harness, pole-pruner and ladder Silviculture of eucalypts for solid-timber requires some understanding of the tree and the timber. That is,…
  • Coast redwood silviculture in New Zealand
    Mark Dean, New Zealand Tree Grower February 2007. Californian coastal redwood, Sequoia sempervirens, has proved to grow well in New Zealand when correct siting and establishment practices are attended to. On good…
  • Plantation silviculture at the crossroads
    Euan Mason, New Zealand Tree Grower May 2007. What do you think of New Zealand? The classic question reputedly asked of so many visitors has provoked a variety of answers. John…



  • Thoughts on silviculture: John Purey-Cust Ponders, June 12, 2014
    My last effort was on the vexed question of whether or not to prune and thin radiata pine. There I think I concluded helpfully that in the end its over…
  • The everlasting argument: John Purey-Cust Ponders, March 06, 2014
    The everlasting argument, whether to prune or not to prune , depends on you. No one who gives you advice knows any better than you, whatever their experience. They can…


Other sources of information

  • Silvicultural Systems 
    Matthews, J. D. (1991). Silvicultural Systems. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 
    Standard text on silivcultural systems from clearcut to selection and including coppice and agroforestry.
  • The Practice of Silviculture: Applied forest ecology
    Smith, D. M., Larson, B. C., Kelty, J., Mark, P., & Ashton, S. (1997 ). The Practice of Silviculture: Applied forest ecology (9 ed.). USA: John Wiley and Sons. 
    Classic American forestry textbook for those interested in applying ecological principles to managing trees 


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