Q: I purchased a home in a neighborhood that has all of the telephone, cable
and electrical wires underground. Needless to say, I would like to hide
I have decided to use the Dwarf Alberta Spruce as a
cover. While I realize this is primarily a container tree I would rather
plant it in the ground and make some sort of nature scene.
The soil is red clay and the areas are in full sun. Any suggestions
would be greatly appreciated.
As alternatives, you might consider some narrow arborvita cultivars or one
of the upright junipers (like 'Skyrocket').
These may be easier for you to
keep narrow, and not encroach either on the boxes or the yard. Check with
your local garden center as to what varieties they can suggest for your
You mention you have clay soil. When digging the holes, be sure to dig them
at least 1 1/2 times the diameter of the rootballs of the plants.
soil up before placing it back around the rootball so that the roots have
some looser soil to grow into.
You can incorporate some organic matter,
such as peat moss, into the backfill if you like.