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    I am getting a tree.

    Hi there! I found this message board on Google and I have a tree question. I hope it is OK to start out this way.

    I just moved to a new house within the park where I have lived 13 years. At my old house, I had a beautiful tree and I loved it through some pretty sparse times. It is now gorgeous.

    Since my old house has been moved and the park people will be redoing the lot, they offered the tree to me at my new house and they will be bringing it this week.

    I am posting a picture of it because I am not sure what kind it is. I am in Ohio and I think it may be a blue spruce.

    What can I do to help it survive and flourish again?




  2. #2

    RE: I am getting a tree.

    hmmmmmmm . . . . . I have been hunting pictures online. Perhaps it is a white spruce.

    What is the difference between a pine tree and a spruce tree?

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    Oak
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Ocala, FL
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    RE: I am getting a tree.

    That definitely looks like a Colorado blue spruce (Picea pungens). Among other things, the needles of spruce are borne singly on the branch, while pine trees have needles that come out in bunches (fascicles) of usually 2-5 needles.

    Wow, that's very generous of the park people to move it for you (that would be very costly if you hired someone to do it). Transplanting a large tree is always risky - even with a large tree spade, the tree will be losing a lot of its root system. But, they can and often do survive it.

    The most important thing to do us to put a 2-3" layer of acidic mulch (such as pine straw or pine bark) under the tree, all the way out to the tips of the lower branches (but not piled against the base of the trunk). This will give it a better rooting environment, and moderate the soil moisture, among other things. You will need to pay extra attention to watering it during warm, dry spells for at least a couple of years. This is especially important because this species is susceptible to a disease (Rhizosphaera needlecast) that can ravage drought-stressed trees, and until its root system recovers, this tree will not be able to take up water as quickly even when the soil is very moist.

    Don't fertilize.

    That's all that comes to mind right off the bat, maybe some of the others will chime in.

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    RE: I am getting a tree.

    Thank you, saccharum. I am printing out your answer and I will get the mulch tomorrow.

    About 7 years ago, this beautiful tree was as beautiful or more beautiful than it is now.

    One day, I was standing outside looking at it before work thinking I needed to cut off a branch that was touching my house, when my neighbor stopped by. I casually mentioned what I was going to do and she said she would love to do that for me because she was going to be out doing yard work anyway that day.

    When I got home, the tree only had branches about two feet long and almost no needles. It looked hideous. I cried. I loved that tree. My poor neighbor was well intentioned.

    Well the tree came back and looks like it does today. I really hope it has a chance at my new house.

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    RE: I am getting a tree.

    I bought my pine bark. I am not sure what day they are bringing the tree.

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    Acorn
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Indiana - Zone 6
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    RE: I am getting a tree.

    How's the tree doing?

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    RE: I am getting a tree.

    Thank you for asking.

    The park hasn't moved the tree, yet. Now they said they must wait until spring. They said they WILL be bringing it then.

    I am hoping that is OK. I showed them my bags of bark and they said when they move the tree, they will put it around it.

    Does anyone know if that is going to work out?

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    Oak
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Eastern PA
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    RE: I am getting a tree.

    Spring is arguably the best time to transplant trees. Fall would be the other best time.

    I've heard hemlocks do best if transplanted in the spring, but I'm not sure if spruces favor one or the other.
    Cheers,
    Everett

    Green Man Enviroscaping LLC
    www.greenmanenvy.com

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    RE: I am getting a tree.

    Thank you. I am relieved to hear that.

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    Acorn
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Boise, ID
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    7

    RE: I am getting a tree.

    Ditto on all the great advice. Watering is very important to a developing root system, you do need to make sure the spruce has adequate dry time in between waterings so as not to promote root rot. Also a liquid application of mycorrhizae may help stimulate root development. Mycorrhizae is a fungus which acts symbiotically with your trees roots to uptake water and nutrients and can help in difficult transplants.

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