How to Plant Thujas
Thuja Green Giants are fast-growing evergreens that make an excellent natural privacy fence or screen, suited for use across various growing zones and temperature variations.
They don’t discriminate when it comes to soil type, doing well in both clay and sandy garden soils, as well as partial shade conditions. Moisture retention is key; apply 3-6″ of mulch a few inches away from roots to retain water and minimize weed problems.
Dig the hole
Thuja occidentalis and its cultivars thrive in many types of soil conditions, but are most successful when grown in well-draining soil to avoid root rot. Sunlight should be provided full to partial, with light pruning necessary for shaping. Green Giant and Emerald Green varieties do particularly well in USDA Zones 5-9 while withstanding harsh winter weather conditions.
If your garden contains sandy or poor-quality soil, amending it with compost can help improve soil structure and provide necessary nutrients for healthy tree growth. Dig a hole twice as wide and deep as where your arborvitae was first purchased from for best results.
Before moving the plant from its nursery to the planting hole, loosen its roots. Fill in the hole with compost before backfilling with soil tamping it firmly with either your hand or tool.
Place the tree in the hole
Evergreen trees with an annual growth rate between three to five feet per year make excellent privacy screens that are deer resistant and pest resistant, quickly creating stunning privacy screens in just one year! Plus, their growth makes them resistant to most pests as well!
When planting, make a hole twice the width and depth of the root ball. Carefully unwrap the tree from its container before gently untangling the roots if necessary.
Once planted, water thujas to stimulate rooting. Next, cover the area with 3-6 inches of organic mulch to help retain soil moisture and prevent weed growth.
Thuja green giants can tolerate most soil conditions, although full sunlight is ideal. Even more impressively, they can flourish even in cooler climates! Their thick emerald foliage also serves as an effective windbreak and can be planted near structures without fear of wind damage – space them 5-6 feet apart as hedges or farther apart for groves.
Fill in the hole
Thuja Green Giants make ideal landscape plants to serve as windbreaks or snow barriers, with their thick green foliage creating an effective wind break or snow barrier. Furthermore, their cold tolerance means they can tolerate harsh winter winds which might otherwise damage smaller shrubs and trees.
Thujas are popular choices for planting in hedgerows due to their dense evergreen growth and fast rate of expansion. It’s important to keep in mind when pruning that these plants won’t regrow new leaves from cut branches; be mindful when pruning!
After planting, backfill the hole with soil and gently tamp it down before giving your tree its initial watering session – being careful not to overwater as that may harm its roots! You should then water several times each week or more frequently during periods of extreme heat or drought to maintain healthy and beautiful evergreen trees! Thujas are adaptable trees that thrive under different lighting conditions.
Water the tree
Green Giant Thuja trees are hardy evergreens that require minimal care once established, though their proper planting remains vital to their long-term wellbeing. When planting these evergreens, be sure that their roots don’t dry out prior to doing so, as an empty root ball could result in water repelling away and even leading to its death.
After planting, it’s essential that your Thuja tree receives adequate but non-puddle-forming irrigation. While Thujas thrive best in full sun with well-draining soil and full sunlight exposure, they may still thrive under shade conditions as long as watering remains consistent and balanced liquid fertilizers are applied annually.
Protecting young thuja plants against diseases and pests is also key. A fungus called Phomopsis twig blight may infiltrate their needles, causing their needles to turn brown or yellow before dying off altogether. If this problem arises, remove any affected foliage as soon as it appears and spray the remaining ones with an antifungal product designed to tackle this particular infection.