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Very few needles on lower spruce branches

I live in a region where Norway spruce grows wild, and in my experience, the lower shaded branches shedding their needles and dying is perfectly normal for these trees. For the tree, there's no point ...
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Do pine beetles kill healthy pitch pines, or is it safe to plant seedlings to replace trees killed by them?

Another point of view. The beetles usually only attack trees that are compromised healthwise. They don't generally attack small trees. By the time the trees are large enough to attack, the beetles ...
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Why shouldn't I water a Blue Spruce tree during and after transplanting it?

In my 25 years as a landscaper in the Pacific Northwest, I have never heard of such a treatment. With that said, the only thinking I can come up with is that the arborist feels that by watering in ...
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Advice Needed - Dying? Tree line (privacy desired)

The bottom branches dying is perfectly normal, as they get shaded out (they also have more deer pressure, assuming a typical presence of rats-with-hooves in your neighborhood.) That is not a sign of a ...
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Will Arborvitae regrow to their usual shape after being partially eaten by deer?

The pictures help a lot. These trees were eaten back, but not too far for a good recovery. The fastest way to get them looking normal will be shearing. Shear back the areas the deer didn't hit, and ...
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What are some heat tolerant nutritious greens I could plant for a tortoise?

I wonder whether turtles mind bitter greens? What we find unpalatable might be just fine with them. And some of the most nutritious greens out there aren't the ones we tend to prefer the taste of. ...
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What are these evergreen berries/fruits?

It seems a loquat ( Eriobotrya japonica, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loquat). It is a evergreen, and produce edible fruits.
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Can you please identify this alpine, evergreen plant?

It's a mountain heath or heather, Phyllodoce empetriformis, a native perennial shrubby plant which has,variously, pale pink to deep pink to, occasionally, mauve-pink bell shaped flowers throughout ...
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Which of these trees are good for growing as a Christmas tree in a pot?

Attempting to prune a large conifer down to a small size is unlikely to end well - if it survives at all, you will end up with something that looks like "a big tree that has been attacked by a ...
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When and how do I trim these bushes?

Those are Taxus, or yew. Which means you're in luck! That's because Taxus are one of the few conifers that can regrow from adventitious buds on old wood. This means that you can cut them back hard (...
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What are some heat tolerant nutritious greens I could plant for a tortoise?

My desert tortoise loves bean leaves, and will eat kale if he's hungry enough. But I prefer to feed him native plants. I let him go for walks in the yard and observe what he eats, then tend those ...
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Should I be burning evergreen trimmings?

Evergreen trimmings certainly are compostable, but if there are lots of large, woody branches, they'll take a very long time to compost down. If you have a shredder, you can speed that process up by ...
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What is the optimal spacing for emerald green arborvitae?

Depends how quickly you want your privacy hedge to be dense - as you say, the predicted eventual spread is 3-4 feet, but at ten years, the spread is predicted at 24-30 inches per plant. If you don't ...
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How important is full sun for a Blue Spruce tree?

In my opinion, it is not a big deal. Six hours are enough. You can cut some branches of the other tree, and wait the spruce to grow, so it will get more sun. In nature, young tree tend to grow in ...
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Will Arborvitae regrow to their usual shape after being partially eaten by deer?

Cedars or arborvitae can take a lot of damage by pruning or being eaten. As you have found on the web even severely damaged trees will grow back but the question is how long will it take. I see cedar ...
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Can white pines be sheared or trimmed?

If the burned branches are completely dead, your first step is to cut out the dead parts. Keep in mind that white pines do not regrow from old wood, so even if the base of a dead branch/branchlet is ...
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What's killing my evergreens?

Not to worry, this guy does suck on your tree but they rarely do any damage. It is a Spittlebug or Froghopper. Each of those globs is one insect, a nymph that manages to hide himself in...excrement ...
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When is the best time to trim cedar hedges?

It is best to prune cedar hedges more than once during the growing season, starting in the spring after the sap is running. This will prevent the plant from excessive dehydration. See here. To ...
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Can anyone identify this seed/fruit and what tree it has come from?

Well it's an unripe pine cone, much more mundane than the exciting suggestion of 'a pineapple grown near a nuclear power plant', sadly - though not necessarily from the Pinus family. The trouble is, ...
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When and how do I trim these bushes?

Note that those are well-shaped, in that they are wider are the bottom and narrower at the top. People often make the mistake of trying to make them vertical, which leads to the bottom dying away ...
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Will pruning dead shoots off an arborvitae cause re-growth?

Yes, it will if those cedars are healthy. You should investigate to find out why the shoots died. Some possible causes with freshly planted cedars are: inadequate watering; new plants need a lot of ...
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One quarter of the roots of a 50' tall white pine were cut off. Can I save it?

if they were cut at the dripline, and only on one side, I suppose that means a good bit less than 1/4 of the roots have been cut. Assuming that the tree is between 16 and 22" in diameter four and a ...
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How far apart should I space Thuja 'Green Giant' evergreen trees?

Minimum 12'-15' apart will reward all of us in the years to come, you and your neighbor as well. Green Giant are beautiful, deer resistant evergreens and very fast growing. Green Giant Arborvitae ...
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How far apart should I space Thuja 'Green Giant' evergreen trees?

Plant them 5-7' apart for a privacy screen, 15-20' apart otherwise. These trees mature at 35-60' tall and up to 15' wide. I you want a screen, you may like the result even better if you stagger the ...
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What's wrong with this dwarf white pine?

The tree is suffering from nutrient deficiency due to an unsuitably high soil pH. To properly absorb nutrients, these trees need a lower pH, like 4.5-6.0. Organic matter will be useful in helping the ...
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Should I be burning evergreen trimmings?

I personally would shred them all and use it as tree mulch. Stuff that can't be shredded can be buried, and you can plant over it. Although incinerating tree material is considered a carbon neutral ...
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Which of these trees are good for growing as a Christmas tree in a pot?

First, its important to say that trying to keep most conifer varieties small by regular pruning isn't a good idea, unless its one of those that doesn't mind being cut, like Yew. Second, whichever one ...
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How important is full sun for a Blue Spruce tree?

Blue spruces only need full sun to reach their top growth potential, they do not require it to be healthy. They will grow very well in shade, if they are not under another tree's dripline, and if ...
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Junipers and Fertilizer times and Nitrogen

I've been checking information for conifer growing where you are - if your Junipers are growing in open ground, there is no recommendation to give them fertiliser on a regular basis. There is a ...
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Advice Needed - Dying? Tree line (privacy desired)

Not an easy answer to give you as there are a number of unknown factors. Perhaps you can say more about them by editing your question or even post additional information under your question in a ...
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