Replacing dwarf alberta spruce
After 3 years, I have finally given up on ever rehabilitating two dwarf alberta spruces I have. Planted with western exposure on north side of backyard, badly affected by spider mites. I can treat early in the summer with some success but it is located right at base of my brick patio, is an eyesore and I don't want to continue using chemicals there.
My questions are: How difficult will it be for a single person to dig up these 4-5 foot tall plants (I don't plan to replant). How extensive is the root system ?
Location is part sun (mainly in afternoon). Are one of the hinoki cypress varieties a good alternative for planting later in the fall?