Monday, September 12
Planting Arborvitae Trees
Arborvitae is an evergreen shrub or a tree that belongs to the Cypress family. Arborvitae has long scale-like leaves. Planting Arborvitae in the home garden is preferred by most of the people because it provides privacy and acts as a natural green hedge.
Planting Arborvitae- Arborvitae can thrive in both moist and dry soil which is either acidic or alkaline. The plant is not very specific about the kind of soil and needs very little maintenance. You can choose a spot that receives full or partial sun and plants it there. These plants do not grow well in warmer climates and prefer cold climatic conditions. Arborvitae can be planted in your home garden by purchasing it from a local nursery. Choose an ideal spot and dig a hole that is big enough to accommodate roots properly. They can also be planted by the method of propagation through clippings.
Growth and Care- The growth of Arborvitae plant is relatively slow as compared to the other plants but regular pruning and pinching can ensure higher growth rate in the coming seasons. Pinching helps in triggering new growth. You can prune the trees to get the desired shape which can be round, columnar or pyramidal.
Maintenance- Water the plants well so that they are healthy because unhealthy plants are susceptible to various diseases. These plants require ample watering during growth years because hot and dry days can damage the plants severely if they are under- watered. Spider mites infestation is also a common problem with Arborvitae plants. It is advisable to spray them with horticulture oil as a preventive measure. Make sure to remove dead twigs and branches every once in a while.
Arborvitae is a perfect evergreen tree for any home garden as it requires low maintenance and makes your garden look lively and green throughout the year.