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Daleville, VA
Jun 22, 2017 6:30 PM CST
One of my Dwarf Alberta Spruce trees died due to spider mites. I have another good one a few feet away. Can I replace the dead one with another and if so do I have to change or treat the soil?
Name: Elaine
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Jun 22, 2017 6:43 PM CST
Hi and welcome, Roger. Nope, spider mites live and breed on plants, not in the soil.

Just be sure to keep an eagle eye on both your new spruce and the other one, for the telltale webbing that shows spider mites are at it again.

You can prevent their getting a hold for the most part just by hosing off the trees every week or two with a good wash from the hose if it doesn't rain. They like it warm and dry, and get easily washed away with a good spray or rain storm.

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