How to plant arborvitae & care

How to plant arborvitae & care

How to plant arborvitae &, care for them

We just completed planting our first arborvitae, and I am so excited! Here are a few tips to help you get started with this very easy and beautiful tree. These were also found in “All About Trees &, Shrubs” by Alan and Susan Mays.

You can choose to grow in any season, but it is best planted during the fall months.

Planting in the fall is recommended since the tree is dormant (it needs to be planted with its buds closed). If you can’t wait until fall, it is acceptable to plant in the spring.

Make sure you plant your tree in a well-drained soil, and keep the soil moist.

You can fertilize arborvitae after it has been planted, but do not fertilize it after it has been potted.

If the tree should be in the sun, you may want to wait a couple of weeks to water it. Once the temperature is below 60 degrees, and the soil has cooled, you may want to water it. You will find out what is best for your own area.

It is important to be sure that you plant the tree in the right place. Choose a spot where the tree will get as much sunlight as it can. If it gets too much sun, it will probably become leggy and scraggly looking. You will be able to tell when you take it out of the pot if you are having any problems.

You can buy arborvitae that are already potted.

You can plant a seedling arborvitae in a 3-inch pot if you don’t have access to a nursery that is selling pot-grown plants. You will need to know how to plant a seedling.

Water it in the fall until it is ready to be transplanted in the spring.

A great way to protect your tree from winter winds is to plant it in a circle. If you make sure that you plant it out away from the house, and plant in the center of the circle, you will have a hard time having your windblown tree knocking over the decorations on your house!

Fertilize the arborvitae regularly. Do not fertilize after you plant it, or you may have problems with your tree.

A healthy tree may stand for over 60 years if you give it adequate care.

If you’re using a container, fertilize the arborvitae every two weeks in spring and summer and every month in the fall and winter.

Give the arborvitae some time to get established before you bring it into the house. You can protect it from cold winds in the summer with a windbreak that has evergreen shrubs.

After you get your arborvitae established, you can add more layers to the windbreak. For example, some people line the planter with plastic.

You can also plant a small tree in the container. In the fall, bring it inside and put it in a protected spot until it’s wintertime.

Don’t let your arborvitae get too cold! Make sure you’re providing adequate ventilation. Don’t cover the top of the container. If the container is too warm, your plant might not be able to draw water and nutrients from the soil.

Remove weeds as soon as you see them. Let the plant grow on its own if weeds come up. Weed control will usually depend on the type of container you use.

You can get arborvitae pots at nurseries, garden centers and home improvement stores.

How do I care for my arborvitae?

If you follow the above-listed tips, you should be able to keep your arborvitae healthy and looking good for years to come.

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Chris Hern is the author of the top-selling Gardening Know-It-All series as well as other best-selling books, including Gardening For Dummies, How to Grow More Vegetables: 80 Proven Techniques to Grow More Vegetables, Vegetable Gardening For Dummies, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Container Gardening, and The Ultimate Guide to Container Gardening. He also writes an organic gardening column for Backwoods Home Magazine and is the author of Container Gardening For Dummies.

Chris is a contributing editor for Backwoods Home Magazine and is a longtime contributor to numerous print and online magazines, including Organic Gardening, Edible Gardening, Flower &, Garden Magazine, The Container Store Blog, and others. He's a regular contributor to The Urban Homesteader, the official magazine of the U.S. Association for Sustainable Agriculture.

Chris Hern is the author of the top-selling Gardening Know-It-All series as well as other best-selling books, including Gardening For Dummies, How to Grow More Vegetables: 80 Proven Techniques to Grow More Vegetables, Vegetable Gardening For Dummies, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Container Gardening, and The Ultimate Guide to Container Gardening. He also writes an organic gardening column for Backwoods Home Magazine and is the author of Container Gardening For Dummies.