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  •  Does anyone have any experience (7+ / 0-)

    with Norway spruce?  

    I need a good winter wind block on the NE side of my house.  After a few unsuccessful tries with seedlings I finally went to the nursery and bought a roughly three foot high potted Norway spruce. I already know they grow fast.  This tree has to go in near a dirt access road.  Passage won't be a problem even as it matures.  I already planted it one railroad tie above and six feet over from the road.  I only want to know if six feet is far enough.

    Any jackass can kick down a barn, but it takes a good carpenter to build one.--Sam Rayburn

    by Ice Blue on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 07:55:48 AM PDT

    •  Six feet doesn't sound far enough. (6+ / 0-)

      Mature trees can have trunks that are a good 4 feet wide, which doesn't really leave room for branches, unless you limb it up so cars can pass under.  Even so, the roots might suffer being that close to the road.

      Also, as it grows, watch out that someone doesn't come in the night and cut it down for a Christmas tree.  It happens.

      •  With all the conifers around here (4+ / 0-)
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        mikidee, welso, Frankenoid, estreya

        I assure you no one is going to steal this one.  Besides, there's a balsam fir planted next to my front porch.  They make much better Christmas trees.  They smell wonderful, too.  Alas, they also take forever to grow.

        I guess I'll move the Norway a few feet.

        Any jackass can kick down a barn, but it takes a good carpenter to build one.--Sam Rayburn

        by Ice Blue on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 09:40:12 AM PDT

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