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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why shouldn't I water a Blue Spruce tree during and after transplanting it?

Based on the picture, your soil looks quite moist enough already. By watering, you could cause problems in winter with constant saturation, because of the ground freezing. I'd say, if the soil holds ...
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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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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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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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What are some low maintenance evergreens for an east facing partly-shaded bed?

I just want to pick up a couple of points you mention, the first regarding your intention to use membrane and pebbles; you appear to be saying you want evergreen shrubs to avoid the need to pick up ...
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Root rot in Pseudotsuga

Ben I am thinking you are right. Those roots rotting as part of the decomposition process should not harm healthy roots of plants nearby as long as there are no drainage issues that caused a healthy ...
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Bring pachysandra back to life

It's dead. Go into the area of live pachysandra. Dig some up, plant it where the dead pachysandra was growing, water as needed, await results. Dig small sections in separated spots so as not to ...
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Planting tree with crooked trunk?

Your Green Giant can attain a width of at least 12 feet, so you'll never notice the crooked base after a few years - assuming that the area at the base of the plant is relatively weed free so that the ...
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Do arborvitae replace lost foliage?

Nearly all conifers except yews do not replace dead foliage or small branches from the trunk or large branches. Arbs will occasionally resprout from the trunk, but this is never particularly good ...
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Very few needles on lower spruce branches

Once the needles turn brown or fall off a branch, regeneration will not take place, though you may find growth at the tips of those branches. Probably the best thing to do is remove the affected ...
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What are good evergreens for a windbreak on heavy clay soil?

Probably the toughest one that will tolerate the conditions you mention is Prunus laurocerasus, commonly known as cherry laurel. There are a few varieties of this plant now,some with narrower, neater ...
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What are good evergreens for a windbreak on heavy clay soil?

I have Trachelospermum Jasminoides, Fake Jasmine, for this. It copes well with clay and wind. It fares less well in the shadier parts of the garden but does survive. You wil need a trellis or similar ...
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Trim evergreen hedge or not?

Sorry, no you can not prune these guys without ending up with sticks and dying trees. No hedging can be made of these trees; Junipers? Cedars? I am assuming these trees provide privacy? What I ...
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Evergreen turning yellow

I've seen this in the North (Wisconsin and Minnesota) quite often. It looks like your "Pine", which may be an Arborvitae (White Cedar) may have experienced winter burn. The fact that your tree is ...
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Advice Needed - Dying? Tree line (privacy desired)

It looks like you have a dead cypress in the back. This could be disease. Shouldn't happen to the firs to the left. It would have been possible to keep the silver firs thick at the base by cutting ...
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Why have my yews lost all their needles?

The Yew might put out more needles, it's a wait and see. Usually, winter burn shows itself by yellowing needles, which turn brown and eventually fall off, they don't just drop off in their green state....
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Help identifying stumpy evergreen shrub

That looks like a larch, Larix sp. (Obligatory Monty Python reference.) I'm IDing it based on the way the needles are clumped. Here's what larch needles look like up close: (image source) The larch ...
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What are good evergreens for a windbreak on heavy clay soil?

Elaeagnus x ebbingei and Elaeagnus × ebbingei 'Limelight' (a nicely variegated type) are both fast growing, tough evergreens. As ever, you'll get the best results if you plant and maintain the shrubs ...
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