How to Plant a Norway Spruce


A Norway spruce, an evergreen known for its rapid growth, can grow 2 to 3 feet in one year. They can grow to 100 feet tall and up to 40 feet wide. That they grow rapidly and cover a wide area makes them a popular choice for landscapers and those desiring a privacy hedge or wind barrier around their yards. Planting a Norway spruce requires a few basic steps.

Step 1

Dig a hole for your Norway spruce with the shovel. Make the hole twice as high and twice as wide as the root system.

Step 2

Pour water into the hole and allow it to soak into the ground.

Step 3

Gently spread out the roots in the hole and completely cover them with dirt. To do this effectively, pour dirt into the hole on top of the roots and then gently pack down the dirt. When the hole is half full of dirt, pour in water and allow it to soak down.

Step 4

Continue covering up the roots to 1 inch of the stem.

Step 5

Pack the dirt down firmly one final time.

Tips and Warnings

  • Water your spruce at least twice a week when first planted. If you are experiencing a dry spell in your area, soak the soil around the tree daily.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Water


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About this Author

A freelance writer for over 12 years, Traci Vandermark has written extensively on health and fitness topics. She is a student of health, fitness and nutrition at the International Institute Of Holistic Healing, certified by the American Association of Nutritional Consultants. Her articles have appeared in Catskill Country Magazine, The Lookout Magazine, Capper's, Birds and Blooms and Country Discoveries, to name a few.