Pruning Blue Spruce

emilyzJuly 2, 2011

Hi. I have a lovely blue spruce on my property line. We are having the yard fenced in and the tree needs to be pruned on one side. I know it is July and not the optimum time for this, but I don't have a choice. Would love some advice!!!

On a side note, most of the bottom branches do not have needles. Help!

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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

its a conifer.. and we trim it as such ...

but what is the point of keeping low branches w/o needles ...

take all the limbs up to about 8 feet ... or as far as they are bare ...

better yet.. find out if it is diseased.. and if it is... then just get rid of it ...

a picture in the conifer forum.. might get you an opinion ..

ken

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    Bookmark   July 2, 2011 at 5:53PM
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karinl(BC Z8)

Cut what you have to cut and see what happens. As Ken implies, trees can be removed and replaced with a tree that is located more conveniently for you, maybe also healthier. If you can leave the front branches on I would do so, as the upper ones will sag down if robbed of the support of the lower ones - the whole thing looks better if it has its skirts, or what skirts it can have to accommodate the fence.

KarinL

    Bookmark   July 4, 2011 at 7:14PM
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dan_staley(5b/SS 2b AHS 6-7)

Since we know very little information, one solution may be to prune it up, but if the tree is 12 feet, that won't work and cut it down. You can't prune at property line and call it good, that's for sure.

Dan

    Bookmark   July 4, 2011 at 7:50PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

well.. whatever happened??

link for pix posting

ken

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    Bookmark   July 5, 2011 at 9:01AM
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