Friday, January 31, 2014

The Blue Spruce:

            Standing at a finished height of just over 100 feet the spruce looks small in its native surrounding of the Rocky Mountains. Its 25 to 30 foot spread allows nothing to grow under it; but does make a fine place for the deer and the antelope to rest after a frisky day at play.

            The “Blue” Spruce is a regular “green” spruce with a fungus problem, but it is not a problem with which we associate eventual death; it is known as a “friendly fungus.”

             Typically, what you see out there in people’s yards has not come from seed. A nurseryman will plant thousands of spruce seeds, and while tending them he may notice that one is turning bluer as it gets older. He will separate this one out and give it special attention. When it gets to a size where he can take “cuttings” off it he will then graft those cuttings onto spruce trunk whips. Those he nurses along to become what you see for sale at the garden store.

            When planting a Blue Spruce, or any tall evergreen, in your landscaping be sure to give it the area it needs. So many times I have seen these Goliaths looking like they’re on a crowded bus, with every other plant and bush trying to hem them in; but in the end, trust me, the spruce will be the “last man” standing.

            Give it at least 25 feet from the house, and make sure you haven’t parked it under a power line.
            Spruces need water, but once established, can hold their own in mild drought situations.

            Full sun is their preference, but a little shade doesn’t seem to bother them.

            Their color makes red and burgundy bushes great companion plants. But tell your lawn sprayer guy to be careful around them with the fungicide, remember what I said about the “friendly fungus”, fungicides will green them right up.

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