How Do You Care for Arborvitae?


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Proper spacing, sunlight, soil, fertilizer and pruning make arborvitae a plant that requires very little maintenance. Arborvitae needs plenty of sunlight and well-drained soil. Frequent watering keeps the plant healthy since arborvitae is not drought tolerant. It should be fertilized once at the beginning of spring and once in mid-autumn, with pruning only needed to shape the tree or control its height.

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Arborvitae can be set out at any time during the growing season. Dig a hole for the plant, amending the soil with compost if needed. Place the plant in a hole that is two to three times as wide as the root ball. Back fill the hole half way. Stop and water the plant. Continue to back fill to the top of the root ball, watering again when finished. Create a raised ridge of soil around the outside edge of the hole to hold in water. Spread mulch around the plant, keeping it a few inches away from the trunk.

Arborvitae is an evergreen shrub that is hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture zones 2 through 7. It is a member of the Cypress family. The tall, narrow growth of the arborvitae makes it a popular hedge or screen.

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