Answer: It would be better for your spruce if you keep as much of the rootball intact as possible when planting. In fact, to maintain your spruce's health, you should dig a hole a little deeper and wider than the pot and rough up the soil all around the sides and bottom of the hole. Then place a small mound of soil in the bottom of the hole and drape the roots over the soil mound. Then backfill and gently tamp the soil down as you're filling the hole. To settle the soil and eliminate air pockets, be sure to water your plant well after transplanting. Best wishes with your topiary!
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