How to Plant a Creeping Juniper

What You'll Need
Creeping Juniper plant
Sandy or clay soil

The creeping juniper makes for excellent ground cover trees. If you’re looking for a plant that will grow outward without growing too high, then the creeping juniper may be the perfect plant for your garden. These plants are relatively easy to take care of, provided they get enough sunlight during the day. Juniper shrubs will add a pretty and worthwhile variety to any garden space large enough to accommodate these plants.

Step One- Where and When to Plant

The creeping juniper grows, mostly, outward instead of upward. Because the creeping juniper can grow to have a 10 foot radius it is crucial to remember to leave enough room in between plants for them to mature without being overcrowded. You’ll need either sandy or clay soil, as these soils work best for creeping juniper plants. Normal soil makes them susceptible to disease so using the correct soil is of the utmost importance.  The creeping juniper requires at least 6 hours of direct sunlight every day and, although it can survive in areas as cold as -40 degrees F, it’s crucial that they still receive this much needed sun time. You’ll be able to tell if your creeping juniper isn’t receiving enough sun if the growth becomes spindly. The best time for planting your creeping juniper is early spring, after the danger of the plants frosting over has passed. While the creeping juniper can withstand below freezing temperatures, the young plants are still more vulnerable to cold than a full grown plant would be.

Step Two- Planting Your Juniper

If your juniper is in a little pot then this will be the easiest to transfer. First, use your trowel to dig a hole twice the size of the root ball. You want to make the hole deep enough to plant the creeping juniper at roughly the same level it is planted at inside the container. After removing the shrub from the original container you will want to gently and carefully separate the roots which will allow for proper growth. Next, position the juniper in your newly dug hole with the best side of the plant facing forward. Cover the hole firmly with soil and mulch the newly planted Juniper before watering.

Step Three- Continual Care

Now that your creeping juniper is planted you’ll need to follow some specific instructions for the continual care of your shrub. While the creeping juniper only requires about an inch of water a week, it’s imperative not to over or under water this plant. After your first year of growth it’s safe to start using a tree and shrub fertilizer to help your plant grow to its fullest potential. Shrubs of this nature can be fertilized up to once a year and this annual fertilization will help to optimize your plant.