When And How To Fertilize Arborvitae

Fertilizing your emerald green arborvitae is an important part of maintaining a healthy and vibrant landscape. This evergreen shrub is popular for its bright green color, dense foliage, and ability to grow in a variety of climates. With the right fertilizer for emerald green arborvitae, you can keep your hedges looking their best. In this article, we’ll cover the basics of fertilizing your arborvitae. Including when to fertilize, what type of fertilizer to use, and how to apply it. With these tips, you’ll be well on your way to keeping your emerald green arborvitae looking vibrant and healthy for years to come.

When To Fertilize Arborvitae

Fertilizing your emerald green arborvitae is an important part of keeping it healthy and green. The best time to fertilize emerald green arborvitae is in the spring when the first new growth begins to appear. It is important to use a slow-release fertilizer that is specifically formulated for evergreen shrubs. Fertilize again in the summer, when the shrub is actively growing. However, avoid fertilizing in the fall and winter, when the shrub is dormant. Always follow the instructions on the fertilizer label and water your arborvitae after applying fertilizer to help the nutrients reach the roots.

What Type Of Fertilizer For Emerald Green Arborvitae To Use

Emerald green arborvitae needs a slow-release fertilizer for optimal growth. During the spring, a fertilizer rich in nitrogen should be applied to the soil around the tree. Nutrients such as phosphorus, potassium, and trace minerals are also beneficial for the arborvitae. Before applying fertilizer, it is important to check the soil’s pH level to ensure it is within the ideal range for arborvitae. A balanced fertilizer applied every couple of months is recommended for the best results. Additionally, mulching around the base of the tree will help keep the soil moist and provide additional nutrients.

How To Apply The Fertilizer

To apply fertilizer, start by determining your soil type to ensure the fertilizer you use is appropriate for the soil. Once you’ve selected a fertilizer, spread it around the base of the emerald green arborvitae in a circular pattern. Make sure to spread the fertilizer evenly to ensure the shrubs receive adequate nutrients. Water the fertilizer after application to ensure it is absorbed by the soil. Finally, check your emerald green arborvitae regularly to make sure they are receiving the nutrients they need.

If you plan on using a spreader, read what is required for your selected fertilizer. Next, adjust the settings on a broadcast spreader to the correct rate for the amount of fertilizer being applied. Make sure to read the instructions on the fertilizer package to determine the correct setting. Once the spreader is ready, start at the base of the arborvitae and walk in a circular pattern around the shrub, spreading the fertilizer as you go. Take care to avoid getting too close to the base of the arborvitae, as this can cause damage. Once the fertilizer has been applied, water the shrub thoroughly to help the fertilizer penetrate the soil. With proper fertilization, your emerald green arborvitae will thrive and remain beautiful year-round.

Cody Medina
Small Scale Farmer
Hi there! I'm Cody, a staff writer here at The Garden Magazine and a small-scale farmer living in Oregon. I've been gardening most of my life and now live on a quarter-acre farmstead with chickens, ducks, and a big garden.