Pruning a Blue Spruce?

I have a tall blue spruce tree, 30+ft tall. I would guess it is 25 years old. The older part or lower half has no inside needles, only on the tips giving it a sparse look. If I prune it would it fill in? Is this from age or is it unhealthy? It gets full sun and continues to grow, even though I wish it would stop. You refer to removing the central leader, but am not sure what that is and if I can do it myself or need professional help.


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November 4, 20170 found this helpful
  1. You'll need to mix 7 cups of denatured alcohol, with 3 cups of water in a bucket.
  2. Dip the blade of your pole saw in the liquid.
  3. wipe it clean.
  4. You can only trim the tree during the growing season in the spring.
  5. These trees can grow over 100 feet tall.
  6. You need to check the tree for dead limbs and cut them off.
  7. Cut them flush with the tree's trunk
  8. Check for any new growth on the dead branches. If you see new growth cut the branch 1 inch in front of the new growth.
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  10. During the growing season this will flourish and grow.
  11. Cut any branches that rub together flush with the trees turnk.
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If you have a hacksaw and are not afraid of heights you can prune in the spring when there is new growth. You want to avoid the central branch.

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