Thuja Planting Tips

Thuja green giant is one of the most widely used trees. It not only grows fast but it also not picky on soil and can grow in sandy soil as well as heavy clay soil. It is practically maintenance free, the only maintenance that you will be required to do is hedge shearing after years of growth. It is also more resistant to pest and diseases. Besides that, it very attractive and has amazing look if well maintained. So are you planning to plant Thuja green giant in your compound but you don’t know the planting procedure? If yes then you are in the right place because in this article we are going to give you a step by step procedure that will help you plant this amazing fast growing tree.

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1. Plan first

Before you start the planting process, it is very important to first come up with a proper plan that will help you know where you are going to plant this tree, how you want it to appear and also its purpose. Thuja green giant is a large landscape tree and requires a good planning. You need to know the length of the area where you intend to plant the tree so as to number of tress to plant.

2. Determine planting location

Once you have come up with a proper plan, the next very crucial step is to determine the area where you will plant this amazing tree. As said earlier Thuja green giant grows very fast and covers a wide area. As result, you need to plant it in an area that is not close to buildings and electricity post to prevent accidents. The tree location should also have adequate exposure to sunlight because Thuja green giant required plenty of sunlight in order to grow well.

3. Clear the planning location.

You need to clear all weeds and son from the location on a sunny day. Weed can compete for nutrients with the trees and that can prevent the tree from growing fast and strong.

4. Dig the planting holes.

After locating the planting site and clearing the planting location, the next step is to dig the planting hole. Expert recommend that the planting holes should be approximately two times the roots of the ball with a shovel. Thuja green giant is a very tall plant and as a result, you need to make the hole deep enough (at least 2 inches) to allow the crown of the tree to sit above the surrounding soil.

5. Add compost in the hole. 

Before you transfer the seedling from the nursery, it is very important to first place compost to the hole. Compost ensures that the roots of the tree have essential nutrients as well as good air flow that will allow it to grow fast and healthier.
6. Transfer Thuja green giant form nursery.
After digging the hole to the required length and applying compost manure, the next step is to transfer the seedling from nursery to the planting holes. If you are planting more than one tree, then you should ensure that the holes are well spaced. Expert recommend that space between two successive planting holes should be at least 10 feet apart. Transfer the seedling then cover the hole will soil but not to capacity.

7. Water the plant.

Fill the remaining part of the hole with water. Watering the tree just after planting it is very important because it not only helps to hydrate the tree but it also helps the soil to hold together. Fill the remaining part of the hole with solid and compost manure.
After successful planting of Thuja green giant, there are some things that you need to do to ensure that the tree survives. First you need to continue watering the tree every day (depending on the climatic condition) so as to help it establish itself. Thuja green giant are prone to pest and diseases. You need to spay appropriate pesticide to get rid of pests that may attack the tree thus slowing its growth. In addition to that, you also need to ensure that the tree gets adequate sunlight for it to grow fast. Don’t forget to spread a 3 inch layer of mulch over the planting hole area.

Caring For Thuja Green Giant

Also known as Thuja arboretum, the Thuja green giant is a fast growing evergreen tree that can grow as much as 5 feet a year. A mature Thuja green giant tree can grow to a level that ranges from 70-90 feet tall with up to 20 foot spread. The fact that this tree is evergreen, grows fast and its conical shaped makes it a popular choice especially in landscaping for many people. It is very strong tree and can withstand strong winds that other trees cannot. They perform excellently when used as windbreak. However, if you want to get the best out this amazing tree, then you must take good care of them. A study that was conducted by the university of Connecticut department of horticulture found out that many people are not able to get the best out of this amazing tree simply because they don’t know how to take good care of them. In this article we are going to give you tips that will help you take good care of Thuja green giant.

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1. Select an appropriate planting location.

If you are planning to plant Thuja green giant, in your compound, the first very important care tip that you need to consider is the planting location. You must ensure that you identify an appropriate planting location that will enable the tree to grow freely. Thuja green giant need to receive at least 6 hours of direct sunlight every day for it grow well. Therefore when identifying the planting site, you must ensure that the location is free from vegetation and buildings that can prevent direct sunlight from reaching the tree. Don’t plant this tree close to building, overhangs of buildings, under power lines or on other trees.

2. Water the tree on a regular basis

Watering Thuja green giant on a regular basis especially when it is still young is very important. Frequent watering provides the roots with the required amount of water meaning that the roots will not have to go deep in search of water. Frequent watering also helps to prevent subsurface saturation which prevents free flow of oxygen and bacteria. Experts recommend deep watering because it encourages deep root growth which help in balancing. Water your tree depending on the climatic condition as well as the stage of the tree.

3. Ensure the soil is moist and well drained.

Thuja green giant performs well when planted on a soil that is moist and well drained. This type of soil allow microorganism beneath the soil to facilitate soil aeration which is very crucial to this tree. In addition to that moist and well-drained soil also prevents soil leaching.

4. Apply appropriate fertilizer.

Besides ensuring that the tree is well hydrated, it is very important to apply appropriate fertilizer so as to provide appropriate nutrients needed by the tree. The mistake that many people make is applying fertilizer that is not required by the tree. Various tests must be conducted on the soil to know which nutrients that are essential to the tree are lacking. This means that you have to hire an expert to conduct various tests to the soil and recommend the appropriate fertilizer to apply. Before applying any fertilizer, ensure that you first read all instructions on the label.

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5. Pruning

Pruning Thuja green giant is necessary to ensure that it maintains its health and vigor. You need to inspect the tree annually to see if it needs to be pruned. Mature Thuja green giant don’t need to be pruned as frequently as young trees which are still establishing their tree structure. If the tree goes for years without pruning, it will become over grown and weak. Pruning is very important because it helps to remove dead or diseased branches thus helping the tree to maintain is shape and vigor. Pruning also reduces the risk off accidents. Thuja green giant grows very fast and if not pruned, they can interfere with power lines thus increasing the risk of power outages and accidents. In addition to that, overgrown Thuja tree tend to have weaker limbs which can easily break down in case of heavy storm.
In conclusion, if you are planning to grow Thuja green giant, now you know how to take good care of them. The above mention Thuja green giant care tips will help you have a strong healthy tree that you have always wanted.