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Careful pruning can add value to stands of Sitka

A criticism levelled at Irish Sitka spruce is that timber quality can be lower than desired. Mostly it's a bread-and-butter product, fast-grown and harvested early, and therefore best suited to rough construction and carcassing. Sitka rarely makes joinery grade material, as it suffers from too many dead knots which weaken the timber as well as reduce its visual appeal.

Pruning can make a considerable difference to timber quality, provided it is carried out correctly and at the right time. Some time ago, partly because of the belief that pruned timber should yield a premium price, interest in high pruning Sitka spruce gathered some momentum.

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