The blue spruce, or Colorado blue spruce, is a popular tree used in landscaping throughout the United States. Because of its hardiness and adaptability to most regions throughout the country, the blue spruce is one of the most popular choices of many homeowners when choosing a new tree for their property. Learn how to plant a blue spruce tree to add this beautiful tree to your landscaping project.
Materials for Planting a Blue Spruce
When planting a Colorado blue spruce tree on your property, you will need the following materials:
- Colorado blue spruce seedling
- Garden fork
- Support wires*
- Three inch plastic hose pieces*
*Staking your new blue spruce tree is not required. However, larger trees planted in poor quality soil may benefit from staking.
Instructions for Planting a Blue Spruce
- Begin by choosing a two-foot tall Colorado blue spruce sapling that is free of disease and otherwise healthy looking. Avoid saplings with a lot of browned needles. Sapling may come in pots or with roots wrapped in burlap.
- Choose the area of your yard with soil that drains well in which to plant the seedling, Keep in mind that full grown Colorado blue spruce trees generally reach heights of at least thirty feet and widths of ten to thirty feet.
- Call your local utility companies to ensure that you will not be digging up any wires or pipes. Many regions have an agency such as J.U.L.I.E that will mark your yard for free.
- Dig a hole that is twice as wide in circumference and a few inches deeper than the root ball of your blue spruce sapling.
- Use the garden fork to loosen the dirt around the edges of the hole so that the roots of your new blue spruce can more easily penetrate the dirt.
- Add compost to the bottom of the hole if your soil is of extremely low quality.
- Lay the tree sapling on its side with the root ball hanging over the hole.
- Remove the container or burlap from the roots. Gently loosen the root ball. Because tree roots begin to die when exposed to air and light, immediately place the tree in the hole.
- Fill in the remaining hole with dirt. Tamp down the surface of the soil to remove any large pockets of air.
- Form a ring of dirt around the perimeter of the hole to aid with watering. Place a layer of mulch inside the ring.
- Stake the blue spruce sapling if necessary. Use the pieces of old garden hose to protect the branches from the support wires. Plan to remove the stakes as soon as the tree becomes established. Leaving the supports on too long can damage or kill the tree truck or limbs.
- Water your newly planted Colorado blue spruce until water stands in the ring. Continue to water every day until the tree becomes established. Fill the ring until the water stops soaking into the ground.
Tips for Planting a Blue Spruce
- Although the Colorado blue spruce is a hardy variety of evergreen, the best time to plant a new sapling is during the fall after the tree has become dormant for the year. A dormant tree will suffer less trauma while being moved and planted.
- Depending on the climate in your region, you may need to protect your new blue spruce sapling from wind an extreme temperatures. Evergreen saplings can suffer from sunscald and broken branches due to heat, wind, snow, and ice.
- Use Colorado blue spruce trees to block wind and sun on your property.
As a popular evergreen tree in the United States due to its hardiness and adaptability, the Colorado blue spruce is a favorite among do-it-yourself landscapers. Learn how to plant a blue spruce tree in your own yard with these easy-to-follow instructions and tips.
Evergreen Tree Planting Instructions: http://www.nurserymen.com/care-instructions/evergreen-tree-care.html
Tree Planting: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/feature/backyard/treeptg.html
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