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Pruning Blue Spruce (IL)

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From: Shelley Mlynarczyk
Itasca, IL
I believe the evergreen in the yard is a blue spruce - it is massive- is it okay to trim the bottom branches so air and some light can reach - I am only asking about taking the bottom branch section off

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From: Jay Hayek
Extension Specialist, Forestry
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
Greetings Shelley:

Yes, it is perfectly okay to selectively prune side branches from your mature blue spruce. However, I'm a strong advocate of pruning only during the dormant season (i.e., fall through winter).

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