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How to Sell Pine Trees for Lumber

Updated July 20, 2017

Growing pine trees is a long-term investment; the trees are not fully grown for at least thirty years. Many families choose to plant vacant land with pine trees as a sort of retirement nest egg. The pine trees require little upkeep as they grow and can generate a hefty profit upon fruition. Consulting with a forestry professional can ensure that you sell your pine lumber for the best price available.

Plant young pine trees three to four feet apart on your land. It is recommended that you plant from 50 to 80 acres of pine trees to turn a profit. It costs around £195 to plant 100 acres of trees.

Caring for the trees is virtually maintenance free while the trees mature. It will take 30 years for the trees to reach full growth.

Weed out any weak or diseased trees after about 15 years of growth. This initial harvest produces uneven wood and will be used mainly to make paper products.

Harvest your pine trees after they reach their 30-year growth mark. Pine lumber usually brings around £1,950 per acre planted.

Contact a forestry consultant or investment adviser to help you make the most profit from your harvest. A consulant knows the going rate for lumber and can negotiate deals with lumber yards and paper companies.

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Carroll Roop started writing professionally in 1995 after spending over 20 years teaching. Carroll has written for many print publications including "Triad Now," "UpCountry" and "Maverick" magazines. She has written about such topics as travel and music. She began editing for "Triad Now" in 2000, overseeing the travel department. She earned a bachelor's degree in English at Patrick Henry Community College.