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Trim Blue Spruce

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Infinite, Mar 16, 2005.

  1. Infinite

    Infinite LawnSite Member
    Messages: 100

    How much would you charge to trim and shape a Blue Spruce Pine that is about 10-12 ft. tall? Anyone have any pictures of trimmings they have done one Pines?
  2. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,697

    Depending on how much trimming/shaping needs to be done, I charge $100 and go up from there.
  3. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,112

    Blue spruce should not be pruned at all they have a natural habit and should be left that way.Any attempt to shape it will ruin it.You may hold back growth by removing the candles on the very tips of the tree yearly and that's all.Once you cut this evergreen the branches don't come back,leave it to it's natural shape and habit.
    If you call it a Blue Spruce Pine you haven't got the knowlage to be cutting any tree's.
  4. impactlandscaping

    impactlandscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,332

    Exactly....quality nurseries properly shape and candle their stock during field growing. I have never seen the need to "trim" a blue spruce, other than to lift the lower boughs for air movement / aesthetics purposes..
  5. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,697

    Proper pruning of Blue spruce will make then fuller. I have several customers that do not want the size of the trees to get out of hand. Yearly pruning keeps them in check.
  6. mdvaden

    mdvaden LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,946

    Removal of the branch ends removes the hormones that controls growth.

    Cutting the circumference usually yields very high maintenance.

    In many cases, such a tree falls to hedge shears because the number of cuts increases dramatically to the point that it's too expensive and time consuming.

    There does seem variableness in the natural tendency of those to appear layered or just real thick.
  7. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,112

    Please tell us if this is a Spruce or a Pine tree you are talking about here.Pine trees have their needles inlong bundles of 3 or 5 and a Spruce has short stiff needles carried in whorels around the branch
  8. HayBay

    HayBay LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 846

    IF the top of a Spruce is cut off, I have seen others retrain one of the lower horizontal limbs into the new main Vertical Limb. The reason the tree top was cut was because of Storm Damage.
  9. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Fanatic
    from zone 6
    Messages: 6,112

    I can not say I would agree with a generization as this. If you remove crossing limbs, selectively remove limbs where things are too crowded or too heavy, or have a tree where size must be controlled pruning and training can improve visual quality as well as overall plant health. Arbitrarily pruning or heading back should be avoided by those who do not know what they are doing.
  10. Garden Panzer

    Garden Panzer Banned
    from Seattle
    Messages: 313

    NEVER top trees!!! It kills them.
    here is a site for pruning tips, please read it as it pretains to this thread:

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