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Arborvitae Care

Arborvitae Information

Q: Are arborvitaes deer resistant?

A: Many Arborvitaes are fairly deer resistant. Deer will generally leave them alone unless food is scarce in the area. If you have a major deer issue, you may want to research complimentary products that can help repel deer in order to be safe.

Q: Can arborvitaes grow in shade?

A: Arborvitaes generally need full sun. Many can tolerate partial shade, but if there is not enough sun your plant will become stunted or may have health issues. The more sun the better for arborvitaes in most cases.

Q: What can cause arborvitaes to turn brown?

A: If your tree is beginning to brown on the inside, then this is normal. If your tree is browning from the outside in, then there is an issue. If this tree has been recently transplanted, then there is a good chance that the transplant was not properly executed. This could be due to a lack of water. When watering a new tree, you need to make sure that the root mass itself is always moist. This requires a deep soak for the first 2 weeks or so. After that time period, you can move to lighter watering once a week unless there is at least 1" of rain in your area each week. You will also want to check the roots and the soil under the tree to make sure that there is proper water drainage. You will also want to check the base of the trunk to make sure that there are no abrasions that could be made by lawn tools or animals. Lack of unfiltered sun light may also be an issue. Make sure that your arborvitae is receiving the recommended amount of daily light for the specific variety.

Q: Are arborvitaes poisonous to dogs?

A: Arborvitae is classified as having minor toxicity to humans and pets. Eating arborvitae may cause minor illnesses such as vomiting or diarrhea. If ingested, you should seek the advise of a vet or a doctor. Arborvitae may also cause skin rash or irritation if it comes in contact with skin.

Q: Can arborvitaes be trimmed

A: Yes they can. The trick is to make sure that you promote the growth of only one main stem or trunk. This can be done by trimming all of the lower branches back and leaving only the tallest branch. the tallest branch can be clipped an inch or two to promote new growth as well, but only the lower branches should get a full cut back. This will ensure that you keep a single main trunk and will promote more full growth.

Q: Are arborvitaes evergreens?

A: Yes. Arborvitae are evergreen. This plant remains green throughout all four seasons.

Q: Are arborvitaes acid loving plants?

A: Arborvitaes adapt well in a wide range of Ph levels. That being said, it is generally recommended that arborvitaes be grown in soil that is right around neutral. This means that you want to keep the soil Ph between 6 and 8.

Q: Do arborvitaes have deep roots?

A: Arborvitaes generally have a shallow, but strong, root system. This root system will generally extend out slightly past the branching. These roots are not known for being very invasive.

  • Transplanting Arborvitae

    Arborvitae CuttingsTransplanting arborvitae is a fairly straightforward process. It is very similar to the act of transplanting most other plants. Transplanting arborvitae should always be done in the autumn months.

    The first step is to dig around the plant and fairly deep. The underground root structure of an arborvitae shrub or tree can sometimes get pretty large, and it is important not to damage any roots if possible. Continue reading

  • Pruning Arborvitae

    Pruned ArborvitaePruning arborvitae trees is an important part of the maintenance process. Many of the species of arborvitae trees will not need any pruning, as they will maintain a natural shape that is pleasing to the eye.  In these cases, pruning arborvitae should only be done in order to limit the height that the plant will reach. In other cases, pruning will allow the gardener to change the shape of the plant into a hedge, or a more ornamental shape.

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  • Planting Arborvitae

    Planting_ArborvitaePlanting arborvitaes is easy, as they generally require no aftercare to thrive, aside from occasional pruning. Once a suitable site is selected, the hole should be dug large enough for the root system to spread out. The roots should be only a few inches underneath the surface of the soil, as they require air to grow properly.


    Once in place, the plant should be watered.  Planting arborvitaes should be done in an area of moist, alkaline soil for best results. This is not required, however, as arborvitaes will grow in dry or acidic soil as well.

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  • Arborvitae Growth Rate

    640px-Russian_Arborvitae_Microbiota_decussata_Stalks_3008pxArborvitae growth will appear in the early spring, and continue until well into autumn. The rate at which it grows will depend on the species that is in question.
    Globe arborvitae will grow at a pretty slow rate, while techny arborvitae can grow at a rate of four feet per year once the plant has matured. The arborvitae growth will appear mostly on branches and stems that had been cut back the previous year. Continue reading

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