I have a young blue spruce that has been damaged leaving a big bare spot on one side. Should I prune to try to reshape the tree? There are several branches which are much longer than the rest and stick way out. Also, the top has died twice. Is there anything I can do to prevent that?
Hardiness Zone: 5a
By Linda from MA
Here's a link on pruning. A few thoughts, when it was planted were the roots given plenty of room to grow, was the soil free from too much clay?
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I have a four year old blue spruce tree. It's almost five feet tall. I kept running over the lower branches with my lawn mower so without thinking I cut off the bottom branches around the tree. It's doing good, but I'm worried that when it grows taller it might have a empty spot in the middle were I cut the branches off. Also I heard that I'm supposed to cut the top down a little so the tree fills out. How and when do I do this pruning? Thanks.
Hardiness Zone: 5b
Sue from Upstate NY
By Beth from MA
Well, maybe should have placed a little flower garden and edging around the base of the tree as a reminder to be careful when mowing instead of cutting the lower branches. At any rate, the trunk of the tree will remain at the same height it is now. So don't worry about "baldness pattern" spreading further up, but you definitely have a visible tree trunk for life now.
Sharing a personal family funny on this one ;-) My grampa and grama had a blue spruce in a corner of their backyard when I was really little (1950s) and it grew like gang busters cause that corner had originally been the chicken coup area so the soil was well fertilized ;-)
Anyway, my grampa thought there must be "something wrong" with this tree because it didn't show a trunk like all the other pine species because this pine still had branches being ground level. So, he decided to cut off all those lower branches in order to make it look like all the other fir varieties :-o
Well, my grama just about had heart failure when she saw it and (with her Irish temper) went crazy! She chased him around the yard with an axe and then chopped the tree down with that axe. They never planted a blue spruce again ;-)
Like I said, you're lucky you weren't married to my grama ;-) (08/26/2008)