How to Care for an Evergreen Tree

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So, you’re fascinated by evergreens, aren’t you? It’s a beautiful tree that has several uses. This magnificent tree can add muscle and strength to a plot of land or any yard. Of course, as with any eco-friendly forest-dwelling creation, an individual must know how to offer precise care for an evergreen. Timing, nutrients, and a fundamental understanding of the tree will take you far in your relationship with them. Read on to discover how to gain that critical green-thumb knowledge.

When you are shopping around for a suitable evergreen, your first step is to pay careful attention to the structure of the roots. You can always spend time wondering about over-the-top growth later. Remember, it’s the invisible roots that form the basis for any tree, a critical link in its life support system. Wholesome root structures lead to strong, robust trees. It’s that straightforward. So, if a grower doesn’t have detailed information and photos on the root structure, it might be a great idea to keep shopping. The roots are essential to the health of all greenhouse stocks.

The soil is precisely where the tree lives. So this will be another chief consideration. If you take a quick drive through the area you’ll be transplanting your evergreens or your neighborhood, make a note of the different types of trees. If you see evergreens, then it’s a safe bet; you’re in an excellent location to farm evergreen.

Springtime is an excellent time to plant evergreens. Wait for the end frost of the season, when the climate is still cold. Rain, and lots of it, will help your tree, particularly in the first stages of growth. If you hit a sad, dry spell where temperatures soar, the tree might encounter “thermal shock.” So be extremely wary of the weather.

To plant your tree, drill with a spade shovel, a minimum of 10 inches, to develop a trench. Gradually place the bottom of the roots into the soil with one hand while supporting the evergreen in the other. It may be a three or even four-person endeavor. Next, pour water, a quart or more, carefully into the trench. Let the water slowly drain down. Then carefully push the trench closed with soil.

Spring is not just the only month to plant an evergreen. There are, however, benefits and drawbacks to fall planting. Some people choose to grow in the Fall so that the roots will be set come Spring. Open ground freezes can wreck young evergreens. If the weather changes from warm to cold, this thaw/freeze cycle can displace the root structure. On the other hand, transplants are less prone to being displaced if they’ve had time to set up in the soil properly.

Summer planting is not supported. Many seedlings perish due to lack of sufficient water supply and “thermal shock” during dry summers.

Don’t forget to nourish your evergreen. However, evergreens are somewhat self-serving trees. They don’t need a lot of fertilizer, just lots of rain and sunshine. Overfertilization is more likely to harm than benefit. So please stay away from fertilizer and let nature do her work.

If you replicate these tips practically, you can feel rest-assured that you’re on your way to growing healthy evergreens that will thrive for many years to come.

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