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Old 12-01-2011, 06:20 AM
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Advice on growing shaping, etc wanted...

I had a thread this spring and you all helped me find Musser Farms and I planted 25 trees - All but 3 came out great (3 were planted in soil that was fill and not the natural forest floor. The Spruces are doing the best. They have grown a bit and here is the question. Should I start trimming and shaping now or when and mostly,...how? They were 1 to 3 foot 2 to 4 yr. old transplants as I remember. They said not to fertilize when planted. should I put some of those sticks in now ?
PS Musser farms was great they suggested the variety of spruce that is best for here and for Christmas trees and the best of what they had at that time. . I forget what I got but overall they are doing fine . The Firs are doing OK but I think the deer may eat them this winter as there are NO acorns in the woods! I think the wet cool summer and hurricane stuff did them in. . (The deer all have tree fungus mushrooms and large twigs in their stomachs....)
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Originally Posted by LI Sound Grunt View Post
Advice on growing shaping, etc wanted...

I had a thread this spring and you all helped me find Musser Farms and I planted 25 trees - All but 3 came out great (3 were planted in soil that was fill and not the natural forest floor. The Spruces are doing the best. They have grown a bit and here is the question. Should I start trimming and shaping now or when and mostly,...how? They were 1 to 3 foot 2 to 4 yr. old transplants as I remember. They said not to fertilize when planted. should I put some of those sticks in now ?
PS Musser farms was great they suggested the variety of spruce that is best for here and for Christmas trees and the best of what they had at that time. . I forget what I got but overall they are doing fine . The Firs are doing OK but I think the deer may eat them this winter as there are NO acorns in the woods! I think the wet cool summer and hurricane stuff did them in. . (The deer all have tree fungus mushrooms and large twigs in their stomachs....)
My neighbor has 40 years experience in the field of horticulture. He trims his multi species evergreens yearly as they approach the overall size he wants them, starting when they are a bit smaller. He also trims the lowest branches when they are very young to provide a clean looking trunk with adequate space for underneath. He fertilizes yearly in the spring with osmocote, which in his belief is about the best product as it has slow release as the weather warms.

I will ask him more specifics on the trimming if you wish. I know that his trees that line the driveway are nice and thick, compact and full, except for the few the deer had an affinity for.

I'll shoot some pics this weekend if you want as well.

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