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Arborvitae Care

  • 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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