This Ezo Spruce is pushing forth a lot of new growth and must be addressed. To maintain the compact silhouette, we must pinch the new growth in half. This procedure also serves to reallocate the tree’s supply of nutrients. Right now all the new growth is commanding a majority of the tree’s energy, but what about all the old growth? By pinching these new clusters of needles in half, we help limit the amount of energy that is sent to this young growth, and reallocate the energy to all the different parts of the tree evenly.