Having evergreens on your property is an extraordinary way to include color that will stay fresh all year long. Knowing how to take care of your evergreens is also important if you want them to thrive long-term. How you plant your evergreens and where you plant them is important, but their maintenance equally critical.
You should always fortify your evergreens by watering them liberally and mulching their soil beds. This will help reduce any damage caused by winds, cold weather, and intense sun exposure. Pruning on a consistent schedule will also ensure that your evergreen always looks neat, healthy, and green.
How to Properly Care for Evergreens
Evergreens are very low-maintenance trees but they still require care. Neglected plants will dry out and wither which has the contrary effect of what you intended for when you planted them.
Mulching & Watering
The level of moisture in the soil will determine how well an evergreen can handle winter conditions and dry conditions. Adding wood chips or shredded bark mulch around the bottom of your plant will help lock in soil moisture. Make sure this is close to the tree’s drip line.
Adding organic materials to your mulch, such as compost, will further boost the nutrient levels in the soil. This, in turn, will help your evergreen grow strong, healthy and green. Make sure you water your plant regularly to maintain soil moisture levels.
Evergreens use much less fertilizer than deciduous species, but they still require a minimal amount. This will help their color to become greener, their needles to stay strong, and for their base to grow properly. Choose a fertilizer that has a higher concentration of nitrogen and lay down the fertilizer in the spring. In the summer, you can apply a slow-release fertilizer and in times of drought, skip it completely.
Evergreens are truly low maintenance. They will only need to be pruned to get rid of branches that are broken, damaged or diseased. Also, pruning is needed to produce the leader of an evergreen. In many cases evergreens will generate their leader naturally, but if two forms then one will need to be removed.
Make sure to only prune the areas outside the collar of the branches and avoid areas close to the trunk. This will help keep decay away from the trunk where it can harm the plant. Late summer and early fall pruning will promote new growth. This is not desired since the growth won’t have time to solidify before the colder season. If you need help pruning your evergreen our Richmond Hill tree pruning service is the best route to take to ensure you have completed the job correctly.
How Five Star Tree Services Can Help
Evergreens are a great way to keep your home looking fresh and beautiful all year long. Knowing how to properly care for your evergreens will ensure they live long and healthy. Sometimes, the best course of action is to hire a skilled arborist to handle all your tree care and pruning needs. If you are interested in hiring Five Star Tree Services or interested in finding out more about our rates, give us a call at (416) 990-3355 today.