Thuja Green Giant in the Garden

Thuja Green Giant has a well-deserved reputation as one of the very best screening and hedging plants for your garden. Ideas for this plant shouldn’t stop there – it has so much more to offer, since it is also a great plant to use around the garden as part of your planting schemes. Its evergreen foliage means it is attractive in every season, its strong upright lines makes it a great accent plant, and its rapid growth and reliability makes it a real workhorse in building a great garden.

In Foundation Planting

Surrounding the house with plants is a great way to join your house and garden together. Plants against the walls protect you from heat and cold, reducing heating and cooling costs. They soften the hard outlines of architecture and create a flow of green from the walls right out into the garden. Although flowering plants are excellent around the house, evergreens give a look of permanence and longevity to your property, and should be used liberally in your foundation planting. Trees are not a good choice, because their root systems can damage foundations, but even large evergreens have relatively small roots, and can be planted close to walls without causing damage.

Thuja Green Giant is the perfect choice for tall blank walls, since it has a good height without being very wide. It will grow up to the roof-line of a two-story home, but it won’t overshadow it, or become a danger during storms. Tuck one into a corner to create a curving line around the house – perfect for smaller plants to go in front. Plant one on either side of the front door to create columns of green to frame your entrance and create a real ‘presence’ to your entrance. During the holiday season, you can wrap them in lights for a true festive feel.

Many people like to clip the plants around their home into more formal shapes – it is a good way to make a transition from the straight lines and right-angles of a building into the natural rounded shapes of most garden plants. You might choose a simple upright conical shape, or pyramids, flame shapes, large balls or even cubes or spirals. With its rapid growth rate, Thuja Green Giant will quickly grow to the size you want, and it is easy to clip, quickly developing the shape you are looking for. If you have plenty of room, try grouping three plants together and clipping them to three different heights to make an attractive grouping.

Around the Garden

Out in the main part of the garden there will often be awkward spots to deal with. These can be corners, where you don’t want something wide that will hang over neighboring properties, but that will fill the corner and perhaps hide a less-than-attractive feature. Thuja Green Giant has the potential height to hide that feature and make a bold statement, as well as the width to fill a blank corner without spreading widely and crowding out either neighbors or your own garden. In a large garden you want to fill space effectively, and often reduce the total area, so that your flower beds stand out more, and you garden needs less high-level maintenance. Well place groups of Green Giants in the back areas will do just that – creating a visual backdrop to your detailed work with flowering shrubs and plants.

Allow Enough Room when Planting

Perhaps the biggest single issue for beginner gardeners is understanding the final size of the plants the put into the garden. Thuja Green Giant is an upright plant, but it does need enough room for its width. So here is a useful way to check you are leaving enough room. Take a piece of string. Make a loop that will fit loosely around the pot. Measure out from the trunk about 4 feet along the string and tie a stick at that point. Now place your new tree on the ground where you would like it to be, and circle around it with the stick. The area you go around is the size of your tree at 8 feet wide, which is what it will be in about 10 years. Have you got enough room? If not, move it around a bit until you have it in a suitable spot. When you first plant the tree it may look like there is far too much space, but with such a fast growing tree you won’t have to wait long for that space to be filled with a terrific plant.

A Final Word

So don’t limit your thinking about Thuja Green Giant to hedges and screens. This fast growing and vigorous tree is a great plant for your gardening too, and makes a bold statement wherever you plant it.

How to Fertilize Thuja Green Giant

Thuja Green Giant is certainly a fast-growing tree, and will grow happily in many different soil types. The natural rate of growth is influenced by the soil conditions it grows in, as well as the amount of light it receives, and these are not things that can be altered, but we can greatly influence the growth of this tree by using a fertilizer program, and selecting the best fertilizer to use.

Plant Nutrients

There are three main minerals needed by all plants to grow, and these are also needed by your Thuja Green Giant plants. The most important for evergreens is Nitrogen. This nutrient makes proteins, and especially chlorophyll, the green molecule that turns sun-light into plant, and gives your plants that healthy green glow. The second important nutrient is Phosphorus, which helps the tips of both roots and shoots develop and grow strongly. The third important nutrient is Potassium, which creates the pressure inside plant cells that holds the softer parts like leaves up in the air. It also makes thick cell walls that resist pests, diseases, and cold damage.

Another important nutrient for your plants is Iron. These helps make those chlorophyll molecules and gives you plants a rich green color. It is especially important if you garden on lime soils. Almost all blended fertilizers contain some iron.

Reading the Fertilizer Packet

All three of these nutrients are needed, but your Thuja plants especially need lots of nitrogen to make them grow fast, strong, and give them a healthy green color. On a packet of fertilizer you will find three numbers, looking like this: 15-19-5. The numbers will be different, and they don’t add up to 100, or any other particular number at all. The first number is nitrogen, the second is phosphorus and the third is potassium.

For your Thuja Green Giant plants you need a fertilizer that has a high first number, and the other two should be equal or lower than that nitrogen number. Numbers like 10-8-6, or 15-5-10, or 20-20-20 are all good formulas to use. Most soils in North America have plenty of phosphorus (the second number) so that one is not important at all in making your choice – it can even be ‘0’. Especially in late summer and fall, a high third number (potassium) is good for winter protection in colder areas.

To check if there is iron in the fertilizer, look for the letters ‘Fe’, which is the chemist’s abbreviation for that mineral. You will probably find a bunch of other nutrients in small quantities as well, and they all help the health of your plants.

What Type of Fertilizer should I Use?

There are three main types of fertilizers sold for gardens:

Water-soluble Fertilizers

These are the kind where you add a few teaspoons to a watering can of water, or put them in a special mixer that fits on the end of your hosepipe. They are great for producing quick growth, especially in newly planted trees with small root zones, so they are a good choice for the first season or two. However, they have to be made dilute, so as not to burn the roots, so they don’t last long in the soil, and they need to be applied every few weeks. It makes sense after that first season to switch to another type that is easier to use.

Granular Fertilizers

These look like fine gravel, often with grains of different colors, and they are either mixed into the soil when planting, or scattered over the surface around established plants. A great idea when planting is to use a fertilizer with a high middle number (phosphorus) to stimulate root growth in your young plants. This should be blended into the soil as you prepare the planting area. The nutrients will be released over a period of weeks, so you get slow and steady feeding for your plants.

Slow-release Fertilizers

These also look like gravel, but normally they will all be the same color. Most of the fertilizers of this type are a blend of nutrients wrapped inside a coating material, which allows them to be released over a long period – often several months. They are usually more expensive, but since you only need one application a season they are great for a low-maintenance garden.

Fertilizer Spikes

These are fertilizer shaped into a spike which is gently hammered into the ground. They slowly dissolve and feed your trees. Be careful to follow the recommendations for the spacing and number to use, and always put them well away from the trunks of your plants.

How and When to Fertilize Thuja Green Giant

The best time to feed your plants is in early spring, just before the new growth begins. This is after the risk of hard frost is mostly gone and the days are becoming a little warmer – what month exactly will depend on where you live. Always follow the directions on the packet to know how much to use per plant or per square foot. Too much fertilizer is worse than none at all. Spread it evenly over the area beneath your trees, and include the area a couple of feet further out as well, which will be where the active, growing roots are. If you are using a water-soluble feed, apply plenty and let it soak down into all the root zone.

Water-soluble solutions should be re-applied every three or four weeks throughout the growing season. Granular fertilizers usually need re-applying in early summer and again in early fall. Slow-release formulations and spikes only need to be applied in spring.

Avoid fertilizing your trees during hot, dry weather, or water them thoroughly after putting down fertilizer.

It doesn’t matter much which kind of fertilizer you choose to use – it only affects the method and frequency of application. Whatever you choose, a good fertilizer program for your Thuja Green Giant trees will make sure you have the fastest-growing and healthiest plants around.

Trimming Your Thuja Green Giant Hedge

 

Thuja Green Giant makes a perfect hedge – dense, upright and always green and healthy. It is fast growing, so you will soon have the screening and backdrop for your garden that you are looking for. Taking some simple steps in trimming it properly will help you grow a hedge that will not only look good, but will also be healthy, strong, and resistant to snow and storms. With a little care your hedge will always be green and dense right to the ground – just like you wanted it to be.

Start Trimming Soon After Planting

The commonest mistake made with hedges is to wait until they reach the height you want and then start trimming. This approach will never give you a strong dense hedge, so instead you need to start early. As soon as your new plants are established – and you can tell that by the appearance of new growth – you should start trimming them very lightly. At first, you just need to go along the line and snip off an inch or two or the longer new shoots. This will encourage your plants to send out more side-shoots, and develop a denser pattern of growth. Allow the hedge to grow a little, and then trim lightly again. Gradually let it grow to the size you want, and it will already be neat and dense when it gets there.

When to Trim Thuja Green Giant

You can trim your hedge at most times of year, but the best times are late summer to early fall, or late spring, after the new growth has sprouted out and ripened. You may need to trim at both times if your hedge is young and growing vigorously. If you want a very neat hedge at all times, then you can also trim in summer, but do it before the hottest part of the year begins. If you live in a warm area with mild winters, then you can trim just about any time, although you should still avoid the heat of summer and the coldest part of winter.

Slope the Sides

For green parts of plants to grow, they need sunshine and light. If the top of your hedge is wide, then the lower parts will get less light, and become woody and twiggy, with little or no green shoots. So right from the start you should slope the sides inwards by a few degrees so that the top is thinner than the bottom. Imagine that you laid a long pole against the hedge, leaning inwards slightly. All the shoots that stick above that pole need to be cut off, so that you have a flat surface that leans in by maybe five degrees. A common mistake is to make the sides vertical, and then just taper the last foot or two. This is wrong – the whole side should slope, right from the ground.

If you grow your hedge in this way, it will have healthy green growth right to the ground for the longest possible time. It also means that with a thinner top and with sloping sides snow and ice will fall off easily, not build up on the top and break the hedge. If you do this you not only keep your hedge healthy and green right to the ground, you protect it against snow breakage too.

Trim Your Hedge the Right Way

When you do the actual trimming, keep the shoots horizontal. This means stopping them from growing as long, upward shoots on the outside of the hedge. Aim for a brush-cut, not a comb-over! These long shoots can easily become dislodged, or break under snow, and if they break or die they can leave a large hole that will take a long time to fill back in.

Trim from side to side and even down from top to bottom – not just up from bottom to top. This will prevent long shoots developing and give your hedge a dense, full surface. Start trimming at one end, and start trim from the bottom up. There will be less growth at the bottom to cut off, so that sets the base of the slope you are going to create. As you trim higher up, you will notice that to keep the slope even you are cutting off longer shoots and more of the hedge. This is normal and correct. The upper growth is always more vigorous and by removing more you will prevent it from drawing food and water away from the bottom. This, and letting the light in, is how you keep the bottom thick and healthy.

If you planted your hedge along a path or driveway, you already have a line to follow to keep it level. If it doesn’t, then especially while you are training it, a tight string stretched from one end to the other along the ground makes a good guide for you to. Work steadily along, trimming all the way to the top in each section, but don’t trim the top flat yet.

Once you have a nice even slope, and a flat surface all along the hedge you can think about the top. Thuja Green Giant can be trimmed square or rounded, it is your choice, but a rounded trim will shed snow better if you live in an area with heavy winter storms. Use a long pole with a mark on it leaning against the hedge to show you the height, so that you get an even, level top – it looks so much better that way!

It is important to realize that only stems with green growth on them will send out new shoots. Never cut into a branch so hard that it is just a bare stem. These will never sprout again. This is another reason to start trimming early in the life of your hedge, because If you let it become overgrown, it will be hard or even impossible to get it back to size, without leaving bare stumps that will never grow.

 

So start trimming early in the life of your hedge, and trim regularly, at least once a year. This way you will have a neat, dense, healthy and beautiful hedge for many years to come.

How Fast Will My Thuja Green Giant Grow?

 

When you start a new garden, or update an older one, a critical feature is privacy – and exactly how to get it. Hedges and screens are a cheaper, longer lasting and much more attractive option than fences, but they do take a little time to develop. So when we put in a hedge or privacy screen, you want to choose something that will give you really fast growth, and this is where Thuja standishii x plicata ‘Green Giant’ stands out. This great evergreen is deer-proof, easy to grow, hardy across most of the country, and attractive every day of the year. As if that was not enough, it is also one of the fastest growing evergreens there is. Period.

Thuja Green Giant Growth Rate

So just how fast will this tree grow? Three feet a year is normal in the early years. Up to five feet a year is possible, under ideal conditions. With growth rates like that, after a few short years you have 15 foot, 20 foot and soon 30 to 40 feet trees. The growth stays upright and narrow, so you get the height, but they won’t get too fat around, or crowd your garden.

The actual growth rate you get also depends a little on you, since to get that maximum growth rate your trees need a good supply of nutrients and water. Choose a high quality plant food formulated for evergreens, and you are off to a good start. Choose a modern, slow-release fertilizer for the very best results, because they feed continuously, not in bursts. Follow the manufacturer’s directions and don’t put on more than recommended. Extra will do more harm than good. Water regularly, but let the soil dry a little between each watering. Always soak the soil completely, and water over a large area that covers all the roots, not just up against the trunk of your trees. Slow watering over a few hours is much better than putting on a lot in a few minutes.

Proven Fast Growth

You don’t have to just take my word for it, scientific tests have been done that show just how fast this plant will grow. In the plant department at the University of Arkansas a few years back, they planting many different trees and shrubs in a trial to see how fast they would grow. The started with some very tiny plants given them by local nurseries, and planted them out in a field. They got a little fertilizer in the beginning, and some water during dry weather, but otherwise they were left alone. Each year the scientists measured the plants, and took notes.

What they found was amazing. Thuja Green Giant outgrew every other plant in the field. It never got sick or harboured pests, and it always looked great. Seven years later, from a tiny little plant pushed into the ground, they had a monster ten feet tall – that’s right, almost twice as tall as a person, a big, green, giant of a plant that had grown faster and stronger than any other plant in that field.

Now remember, they started with tiny plants maybe a foot tall. If you use good-sized plants that are already 5-6 feet tall, you will get even better results. Those plants have stronger roots and they will start growing even faster. So, if you add that 10 feet to the 5 you start with, and allow for the faster growth of older trees, your screen will be 15 feet tall in 5-6 years. That is truly remarkable, and unbeatable with an evergreen tree.

Why Does this Tree Grow so Fast?

Many people wonder why some trees grow faster than others, and the answer can be pretty interesting.  Everyone knows about gene mutations and bad genes these days, and every living thing has them. They stop all the systems of life running at peak efficiency and limit what a plant can do. However, in plants, it is possible for two different species to cross-pollinate and make a hybrid, and that is how Thuja Green Giant was born.

A seedling that grew by chance in a nursery in Denmark, it was the child of two different Thuja species, the Japanese Thuja and Western Redcedar. These come from opposite sides of the Pacific Ocean and had never met before. Both of them had some bad genes, but each had different bad genes, so when they crossed the cancelled out each other’s bad ones, making a plant that ran on all cylinders, at peak performance. Plant breeders call this hybrid vigor, and many of our food crops have it too.

So this is why Thuja Green Giant is able to outgrow just about anything else in your garden. You really can’t find a better fast growing evergreen for perfect screens and hedges.

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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.

Thuja Green Giant Overview

Thuja green giant will include a lush privacy green screen to the yard in short time.It is a big , even green sentiel in the landscape.It is an adaptable giant comprising a several range of hardiness and soil zones and is not disturbed by disease or pest issues.Thuja is a pryamidal, vigorously growing, everygreen with luxurious green color which stays extra ordinary on the hardiness range.

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Planting & Care

Green giant tree is better grown in fertile, moist, well drained soils in complete sun to part shade. It is ornament looking like a single example, a screen or like a living frame for the garden or landscape.When you visit botanical garden Missouri, you can find a portion of the evergreen screen on the climatron is filed with thuja green giant.The foliage and trucks are narrow and there are plenty of trees grown together closely.If you have small yard, this green giant tree is the right option.This tree has minimum a ten foot width and grows to seventy feet.It grows the method it does in the different application for two main reasons.First due to the reason the separate plants which take up the hedge part were planted at close area at the time the plants were placed.Secondly, due to the reason they are meticulously pruned every year once to limit the horizontal and vertical growth. It is a high maintenance ways but it important to get the best results.When you find, grown as a unpruned and freestanding, green giant can cross about sixty feet in height and twelve to twenty feet in width.

Spacing Green Giants

Since the late of 1990’s, it is widely found in the nursery business.It is perfect mature dimensions and its longevity in the midst climate have still to be determined.It will probably be smaller than exhibited but will clear still cross the limit of many stories tall.The traditional living example situated in Victorian garden was planted in the year 2000. It is more or less knee high and today crosses twenty feet.They are best choice for making a private fence or creating a property line.It assists block out eye sores, street noise and neighbors.Thuja green giant grows about five feet per year.It is a hybrid cross between standishii arborvitae and plicata. If you like to get this plant, it is good to spacing the trees five feet apart will insure they develop together when maintaining a good habitat for the trees.The best time to plant these trees is at the time of spring season . Hardiness is a necessary aspect of any plant buy.These plants are known to be hardy plants.It look healthy and do well.These giants will usually grow to be up to ten to twelve feet wide. Most of the people prefer green giants like a privacy screen. To get a fast privacy screen, plant the trees five feet apart.This is considered as healthier space to get fast privacy.Planting closer can be unhealthy for them when they grow together.

Staggering Rows Of Trees

Most of the homeowners need to make fast privacy hence they plant the trees close.But this is unhealthy for them, it makes over crowding.If you possess sufficient space you can receive the similar effect but with no side effects of planting close together.Plant rows of trees and stagger the plant rows.How to plant? Dig hole up to two inches wider and deeper, place plant by filling with the soil, pour one spoon of lime on the drip line of the tree, till the soil is saturated, pour water, give pressure mild on the tree to create the ground squish, follow the fertilizer guidelines and gently mulch around tree.A gradual release fertilizer is suggested for this plant.It will tolerate a dry or wet location.It is not good to get a tree in a swamy or soggy kind of place.The similar thing goes for higher drought conditions.Sizes of plant modify based on the time of the season the plants are shipped.Plants grow faster when they have been rooted in good growing conditions.The height and width of the plant actually based up how they are planted.When planted close together they will restrict each others development.Thuja green giants develop in a uniform shape and height, tough tree, limit ice and snow damage.