For this Picea it is now time for the first maintenance pruning.
This Picea; see also my post of 15 Feb 2013.
New foliage, not too soft but just not completely hard, is OK
Proper technique, no soft pruning yet.
The ripeness of the new growth determines how is pruned or plucked and what results you can expect.
Picea sensitive to Red Spider Mite,so preventive treatment.
Yeah, spring is in the air.