Arborvitae Transplanting Tips

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The arborvitae is a tree that is native to North America and eastern Asia and is part of the evergreen family. These trees can be easily identified by their tiny scale-like leaves on flat branches. Arborvitae trees are known for the wonderful fragrance they give out. This is why these trees are extremely popular on foundations like buildings and homes. In fact, these trees are known as hedgerow and fencing plants. These trees are also easy to grow.

Growing Arborvitae Trees

Although arborvitae trees generally prefer acidic soil, they can grow in almost all kinds of soil from sandy loam to clay. It is best that the soil is moist and well-drained. An important feature of arborvitae trees is that they can grow well in both full sun and partial shade. They also require little maintenance and care, which is a huge benefit.

Arborvitae Tree Transplanting

Arborvitae trees in a row.

Propagating arborvitae trees may not be that difficult a job, but transplanting them requires more attention. It is similar to transplanting any other tree, but there are certain things you have to keep in mind.

One of the most important things to remember when transplanting arborvitae trees is that it should be done during the autumn season. It is also important that arborvitae trees are transplanted before they get too big as it can be a problem to carry a fully grown arborvitae tree.

When transplanting the tree, remember to dig around the tree very deep. This is because the root structure underground can sometimes become very big and you should avoid damaging it in any way possible.

You can take the plant out of the ground when you have finished around it. When it is taken out from the ground, remove as much soil as you can from the roots. This can be done by shaking the soil off the plant or watering its roots lightly.

Tree Roots

When transferring the tree to another location, ensure that it will meet the plant’s requirements in terms of sunlight and soil moisture. It is also important that the hole for the tree is big enough to house the complete root system freely.

Make sure that the roots are not clumped together when re-planting the tree. You can spread the roots out and even add a little soil at a time to ensure that the roots are placed properly. Pressing the soil down to take away air pockets and increase support for the plant is also a good idea.

Ensure that the crown of the tree, where all the roots join, is only an inch or so under the soil as they require air to grow.