Using a garden fork, loosen the soil at the transplant site to a depth of 12-18 inches. This creates a welcoming environment for the norway spruce roots to grow and take hold.
Dig a hole at least twice the width of the norway spruce root ball and as deep as the root ball.
Inspect the norway spruce root ball and use pruning shears to remove any damaged or circling roots. If necessary, prune damaged branches as well.
Carefully place the norway spruce into the hole, making sure it's vertically straight. The top of the root ball should be slightly above the surrounding soil level to allow for settling.
Fill the hole halfway with soil, making sure there are no air pockets around the roots. Water the norway spruce thoroughly to settle the soil. Finish backfilling the hole with soil.
Depending on the size of the norway spruce, it may be necessary to stake the plant for support. Install stakes and secure the norway spruce using soft ties, allowing some movement to prevent girdling.
Apply a 2-4-inch layer of mulch (such as bark chips) around the base of the norway spruce to help conserve moisture and regulate soil temperature. Keep the mulch a few inches away from the trunk to prevent rot.