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I have started a new pond. I have alot of old christmass trees. I was wondering if I need to take the needles off of the tree fo

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  • I have started a new pond. I have alot of old christmass trees. I was wondering if I need to take the needles off of the tree fo

    I have started a new pond. I have alot of old christmass trees. I was wondering if I need to take the needles off of the tree for the fish to make habitat?

  • #2
    I do the same thing every year. No you do not have to because they will die and fall off in a matter of weeks anyway. Panfish love this for structure.

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    • #3
      No, I wouldn't cut the needles off. I would cut out holes in the branches for the bait fish to hide in.

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      • #4
        Don't take the needles off and as rabbit says, cut a few holes in the branches for the fish to hide in.

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        • #5
          The other guys are right don't cut off needles, but you may have to figure out a way to way down the trees if you have a lot you can figure out ways to put them at different depths. We used old chains when we did ours but you can find anything heavy that won't mess up the habitat.

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          • #6
            Leave them, they become organic matter that can help the overall health of the pond.

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            • #7
              No don't take off the needles. Renew your brush piles each year. Great practice!

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              • #8
                I wouldn't take the needles off. the fish shelters (pine trees) in our lake our in pine boxs with slats in them to let small fish in and out and keep big ones out.

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                • #9
                  No, I would leave them on too. Makes great cover. Glad to see you have an interest in improving the habitat. Good to see.

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                  • #10
                    no, just drag them into the middle if it is iced over then just wait until the pond unfreezes

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                    • #11
                      no don't cut off the needles the will fall off eventually and small bait fish can use them for cover from larger fish. You can cut holes in the trees but they will use it either way.

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                      • #12
                        Leave them on.

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                        • #13
                          Leave them on.

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                          • #14
                            Leave the needles on and dont even bother. They will end up falling off and degrading by themselves. Just make sure to mark the spot where you put them so you will be able to fish there... they make good fish habitat.

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                            • #15
                              You do not have to take the needles off. In time, they will fall off on their own. Evergreen trees make excellent habit for the fish that dwell there.

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