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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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Can I trim a blue spruce tree to keep it from getting larger?

You can certainly try to, but you will face at least two significant problems: Apical dominance - if you cut out the leader (the strongest shoot right at the top of the tree) this will trigger other ...
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How do we revive Spruce trees that lost 50% of their needles after a flood?

As the knowledgeable Bamboo points out new growth in most evergreens only occurs at the tips of new growth. No pruning or fertilizing will change the overall appearance. There are a few things you ...
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How do we revive Spruce trees that lost 50% of their needles after a flood?

Sadly, I'm not sure you can. Whilst its possible to prune these trees, new growth will only occur at the tips of the branches, so cutting back or pruning may involve shortening branches, but never ...
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New shoots on spruce trees with photo

Most coniferous evergreens have new shoots from the branches and top every year. That's how they grow. New growth from the trunk where it's heavily shaded by the top branches is unusual, but not ...
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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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Why are my spruce trees' very long leaders bent over?

Sometimes fast growing conifers put out lots of growth into the leaders and the soft new growth bends over. Usually it straightens on its own. If it hardens while bent, you can head it back a little. ...
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How does removing spruce tips affect the tree health and growth?

Conifers have one growth spurt per year, which is exactly the light green new growth seen in late Spring. While the trees can tolerate some loss - think of deer nibbling on them - cutting all new ...
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What is causing the tip to brown and die on my Norway Spruce?

Borers do damage exactly like that in certain pine trees . The borers are inside so you can't see them ; cut off the dead parts and look for tunnels.
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What is causing the tip to brown and die on my Norway Spruce?

What I am seeing looks like it could be just normal die back. That one branch that was broken the tree has decided is not going to be a big producer. I only see a bit more of browning. Have you ...
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Can I trim a blue spruce tree to keep it from getting larger?

I'm sure this post will make landscape professionals shiver, but I have personally seen two Blue Spruces maintained at a height of about 8' without losing their conical shape for 25 years. When I was ...
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Can the roots of a large Norway Red spruce tree crack a cement porch floor?

Yes, the roots are likely to be the cause of the cracks. Sadly you cannot remove the roots without hurting the tree. If you have a spruce or pine that is within ten feet or so of your house it is ...
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Very few needles on lower spruce branches

Spider mites attack lower branches , starting near the trunk of spruce trees. Dormant oil should control them but it may require a few applications months apart, They are tiny and you have to look ...
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Does white spruce have new growth only in spring?

Conifers with needles put out new growth "candles" in spring and do not put on more new growth until the next year . The new candles can be pruned but if you prune a mature twig ,it will not ...
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New shoots on spruce trees with photo

I don't think it means anything. Its not a bad sign. If you have pruned a lot, then it may be a survival mode thing.
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My spruce in top-heavy, why is it growing like this?

You can prune twigs you don't want; BUT, wait until next spring and cut new candles ( new green twigs that have not yet developed needles).You can prune branches anytime but they will not grow again ...
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Should I worry about planting nonnative Norway spruce in NY?

In Michigan, it’s considered naturalized and non-invasive, of high ecological value, and integral as food supply and shelter for several species of birds and mammals. Although it’s shade tolerant, it ...
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Should I worry about planting nonnative Norway spruce in NY?

I grew up with a Norway Spruce in my front yard, planted by my grandfather in the early 1940s. It's still there today - pretty tall (maybe 60-70 feet) and way too wide for a 35 foot wide lot. For ...
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Help with columnar blue spruce

I think your diagnosis is correct. Here's what the University of Wisconsin-Extension says about treating/preventing needle cast: How do I save a tree or shrub with Rhizosphaera needle cast? ...
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