How close to plant spruce trees?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by mrusk, Apr 24, 2006.

  1. mrusk

    mrusk LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,260

    A guy wants a price to plant a 'wall' of spruce trees along 175 feet of his property. He is looking for a 5-6 ft tree. How close would you space them on center so they fill in to form a nice wall in a short amount of time?
  2. richallseasons

    richallseasons LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 479

    if you plant them in a straight line and allow them to contact each other your going to have problems , I would stager the row like a zig zag to give a full look and still let them have thier space to grow
  3. Coffeecraver

    Coffeecraver LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA.
    Messages: 793

    They shoud be planted 20-25 feet apart
    They can reach a height of 80 feet

    They are not a good choice for a quick screen

  4. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,779

    There is a clear diffeence between growing a tree for its natural form and growing it as a hedge. The question is how close for a screen in a short amount of time using 5-6' spruce. (25'?) It is an artificial situation and it is a short lived one using spruce without a rigorous maintenance program. You most certainly can plant these touching each other, but they will self prune when they lose contact with light. Because they do grow in a conical form they don't lend themselves well for a hedge because of the gaps up high and the strong lateral growth below that shades out the interior of the plant which triggers the foliage loss. You can shear back the plant lightly and maintain a healthy hedge face, but you can not let it go because once it grows out, you can't rein it back in.

    In other words, it can be done, but it is a lot of work and you must be consistant and vigilant. It does not fit into the current maintenance practices of our time and certainly does not fit with anyone looking for low maintenance, limited budget, and fast screen.

    A better plant selection is where this should go.
  5. mrusk

    mrusk LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,260

    What you you recommened that deer won't eat to much?

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