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Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by chefdrp, Jul 22, 2003.

  1. chefdrp

    chefdrp LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,384

    I have a prop that has a small spiral pine that is very damaged on the bottom one side. ( i think do to salt) It is near a road that is salted in the winter. Anyway how can i save this poor bush after i transplant it? Thanx
  2. mdvaden

    mdvaden LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,944

    One great way to save it is waiting for fall to move it.

    And, you said Pine - is it possible it's an Alberta Spruce (common spiral bush)?

    If so, those have a very coarse root system and generally are hard to get a good ball on. A very good one to wait on until cool season hits.
  3. chefdrp

    chefdrp LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,384

    ok. Thanx very much. And i dont know exactly what kind it is. Very small and very small needles. Bush is ony like 2 feet
  4. KenH

    KenH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Posts: 1,622

    Can you get a pic???? Fall is good advice, also use transplant fert,. such as roots, etc.
  5. GLAN

    GLAN Banned
    Posts: 1,647

    Alberta Spruce's also have a problem with Spider Mite.

    Once those plants have damage and are stressed, they seldom recover. What ever damage there is will result in a empty area of the shrub. Not a good thing with a spiral specimen.

    Inform your customer of that fact and remove and give them a price to replace with a Juniper Spiral :)
  6. mdvaden

    mdvaden LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,944

    Yes, Alberta Spruce has tiny, sort of sharp, needles.

    Its usually very dense and twiggy.

    I call them "elf" bushes.

    If it really is only 2' tall, you may be able to pull off a summer transplant if you take its ball and a little extra soil mass.

    About 3 shovel fulls will let you know if the soil ball will dissintegrate. If it starts breaking, backfill and wait if you can.
  7. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Posts: 10,178

    glan man is right. take a white piece of paper, hold it under the spruce, and shake the plant, look real close, see if tiny little insects are crawling around. once damaged they usually dont recover. can it and sell her something else
  8. chefdrp

    chefdrp LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,384

    you guys are great thanx

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