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Question: 102-5201
We have a great deal of wind across our property. What evergreen screen can you recommend? Debbie, Mt. Pleasant, OR

Mort's Answer:
Norway Spruce and Noble Firs have enough space between the branches to allow the wind to go through. Norway have wonderful pendulum lateral arms that can wave in the breeze. Another spruce, Picea pungens or Blue Spruce is sufficiently spaced to allow the wind to go through itıs handsome branches. Koster Blue Spruce also has pendulous branches. Abies concolor is another well spaced fir. I would recommend the Japanese Black Pine as the best candidate to buffet the wind. Pinus. thunbergi has a dark green foliage with 4² cones in pairs in the sheath. It is far more handsome than the Pitch Pine, which is far more common on the east coast. P. rigida is also dark leaved like the Japanese Black Pine but lacks itıs beauty. Both Pines are better suited to the wind swept area that you inhabit .Drainage is important for your pines. All pines are best transplanted, when the soil is moist. I definitely would not use Junipers or Hemlock. Both will dry out in the wind. Hemlock will become stressed and vulnerable to wholly aphids. Juniper can probably survive the wind especially, if they are spaced to allow air to go around them. They will not be as attractive with their wind burn.

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Question: 234-1416
I have a seven foot evergreen that is growing against the foundation. Will it hurt the shrub? Kathy, Mansfield Center, CT

Mort's Answer:
The evergreen will eventually need some fertilizer to counteract the alkalinity from the cement. You will need to transplant the evergreen to more environmentally friendly place. It could crack the foundation when it is really large. This would be good time to root prune the shrub and move it in the fall. Root pruning will develop those little fibrous roots needed for the transition. Dig a trench around the root that is about three feet on the outside and two feet on the inside. Use loppers to cut the larger roots. This will help grow those new roots. Go down at least two and a half feet. You will need a couple of brother-in- laws and a six pack to make the deal work.

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Question: 212-5201
We just took a white birch down on the front lawn. Can you recommend a small compact evergreen to replace it? Jane, Norwich, CT

Mort's Answer:
Gold Biota or Alberta Spruce are both compact. Neither requires trimming and they are slow growing evergreens. Picies glauca conica is the dwarf white spruce. Gold Biota is the oriental dwarf arborvitae.

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