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How to Shape Pine, Spruce, or Fir Trees on Your Property

Do you have conifers on your property that you would like to shape? Perhaps they are on your lawn or a buffer/hedge or perhaps you have a few for Christmas trees. Maybe they are growing too fast, too wide, too thin, or maybe you are just thinking about planting some conifers on your property and would like to know more before you commit to growing them. You are wondering where you can learn more and want something more than a YouTube Video.

Come to our two hour workshop on shaping pine, spruce or fir trees. Learn when, why and how to make your tree(s) into the shape you would like. This workshop is taught during a season when you can go home and put into action what you have learned (you can shape trees many times during the year but early to mid-summer is the best time) and includes a demonstration on each type of tree and some hands on experience. 

Tools will be provided for the workshop. This will also allow you to determine what tools will suit your needs.

There are many important tasks in growing a nice Christmas tree but one of the really essential ones is shaping (shearing or pruning) the tree to look it’s best. Even if you don’t want your tree(s) to look like a Christmas tree, the same principles can be applied in making your living trees and landscape meet your needs and preferences.

The workshop is taught by Lew Stowell at L.H. Stowell & Son Christmas Tree Farm in Brookfield, Vermont. Lew has over 50 years of experience with Christmas trees, following in the footsteps of his father, “Jack” Stowell, who harvested wild Christmas trees from this region starting in the early 1920’s. Lew grows over eight different species of trees and has them in all stages of growth, selling not only a wide range of sizes but also wholesale lots of boughs for wreaths, garlands, kissing balls, swags, grave blankets, etc. 

Vermont in general and this part of Vermont in particular is ideal for many species of trees that are used for either Christmas trees or landscape trees. Several of these species are “native” to this area such as Balsam Fir, White Spruce, Red Spruce, and White Pine. Many other species such as Colorado Blue Spruce, Norway Spruce, Fraser Fir and Scotch Pine have been introduced to the area and have done well. Others such as Douglas Fir and Concolor Fir have not done so well. Lew has many of the successful species on his farm and can show you what they look like and how to shape them.

Additional Information

Price: $20 per person suggested, sliding scale available

We will begin promptly at 6:00 pm and go no later than 8:00 pm.

Please bring your own gloves, bug spray, drinking water, rain clothes, sun screen, etc.

Class will be canceled only in the event of thunder storms or moderate to heavy rain or wind.


L.H. Stowell & Son Christmas Trees

1591 Twin Ponds Road
Brookfield, VT 05036
Directions to Farm - Please avoid using your GPS, MapQuest or Google Maps. 


Space is limited, please register on Eventbrite to reserve your spot.

Lew Stowell
Phone: (800) 577-0400 or (802) 276-3382

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