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Question For Kiwis

Sat Apr 11, 2009 8:08 am

Your country is beautiful, but I'm intrigued my the stretches of neatly trimmed trees lining the sides of roads and between fields. I can understand the logic of trimming trees that face onto main roads, but between fields?

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y193/Braybuddy/nz2.jpg

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y193/Braybuddy/nz1.jpg

Some seem to be as high as ten meters. Is there a practical reason for this, or is it just obsessive compulsive disorder on a grand scale?
 
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RE: Question For Kiwis

Sat Apr 11, 2009 8:52 am

I think they're wind breaks. Mainly to stop the cold wind affecting the crops, eg orchards don't want to have a nasty southerly blowing onto their fruit or it could either damage or reduce their yield. But as there are no orchards in your pictures provided, it could be a wind break in general. Hope that helps!
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RE: Question For Kiwis

Sat Apr 11, 2009 9:11 am



Quoting NZ107 (Reply 1):
But as there are no orchards in your pictures provided, it could be a wind break in general. Hope that helps!

Seems logical, though would a row of untrimmed trees not perform the same function?
 
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RE: Question For Kiwis

Sat Apr 11, 2009 9:21 am

They are indeed wind breaks. Not just protection from cold winds but to break up prevailing hot breezes over plains areas. They also serve as shade for live stock during the hotter months.

These winds breaks are usually a type of pine called macoracapa (sp) which is very fast growing and hardy. Like most evergreens their leves/needles are very acidic so one of the reasons to trim them as you see is to limit the fall of the needles to as smaller area as possible. They also grow in very wild shapes naturally so unless you want your (very valuable flat land) feilds taken over by them you have to keep them well trimmed back.

They also look nicer this way !
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RE: Question For Kiwis

Sat Apr 11, 2009 9:25 am



Quoting Pacificjourney (Reply 3):
These winds breaks are usually a type of pine called macoracapa (sp) which is very fast growing and hardy. Like most evergreens their leves/needles are very acidic so one of the reasons to trim them as you see is to limit the fall of the needles to as smaller area as possible. They also grow in very wild shapes naturally so unless you want your (very valuable flat land) feilds taken over by them you have to keep them well trimmed back.

So now I know. Makes perfect sense, although I did like my theory about OCD. Thanks!
 
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RE: Question For Kiwis

Sat Apr 11, 2009 9:48 am



Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 4):
I did like my theory about OCD

Haha. I do hope most farmers in the country don't suffer from that!
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RE: Question For Kiwis

Sat Apr 11, 2009 10:02 am



Quoting NZ107 (Reply 5):
I do hope most farmers in the country don't suffer from that!

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RE: Question For Kiwis

Sat Apr 11, 2009 1:47 pm

Where abouts is that photo?

I assume South Island.......
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RE: Question For Kiwis

Sat Apr 11, 2009 1:59 pm



Quoting Pilotdude09 (Reply 7):
I assume South Island.......

The road west out of Christchurch, heading towards Springfield.

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