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How can I prune my Norway spruce: tips and techniques?

Norway spruce
Picea abies
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While most of the Norway spruce won’t need to be pruned until they develop some substantial height, sometimes their branches get a little carried away in the wrong direction. This is why this part of the Norway spruce needs to be pruned in good time. Tools In order to prune your Norway spruce properly, you’ll need the proper pruning tools. While smaller plant shears and garden scissors may not cut it (pun intended), handheld clippers, pruners and loppers will certainly help out. For very tall branches that are out of safe reach, use a pole saw with the necessary safety equipment. It’s also a good idea to wear gloves while pruning to avoid any splinters or cuts in general. How to Prune To prune your Norway spruce, first cut away any dead, dying or diseased branches. Look for pests, irregular growth patterns, and brittle branches or leaves. Snip these off at the branch collar, where the branch intersection is, without scoring the main branch. Next, be on the lookout for extra long branches or leaves that may not be able to support a lot of weight. These branches or leaves will be too heavy and grow downwards, so this can be trimmed back if necessary. Try to find all of the branches that grow either directly up (that are not the primary trunk) and those that grow directly downward. These branches will become an issue because they can effectively block out light and air from inner branches. Trim these back to the branches they stem from as well. If there’s not much space within the canopy for light to reach the center of the tree, you can trim away some excess foliage to make windows for light to shine in.
Norway spruce (Picea abies)
Norway spruce
A species of Spruces, Also known as Common spruce
Botanical name: Picea abies
Genus: Spruces
Description
The fastest-growing of all spruces, the norway spruce (Picea abies) makes for a good roosting spot for owls and hawks. Its wood is used for paper, construction lumber, and musical instruments, and its needles can be used to brew spruce beer. It is also a popular choice for Christmas trees.
Garden Use
Norway spruce is a popular choice for both planting in gardens and potting indoors, adding a lovely and green decorative effect wherever it grows. Upright and evergreen, the tree grows slowly but has a long life span and very good adaptability. During the winter holiday season, it serves well as a Christmas tree. It's not difficult to grow in a sunlight-ample, moist environment, only requiring a little simple care during daily maintenance.
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