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Planting Conifers

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Before planting of coniferous trees in the garden, it is necessary to possess useful information on how best to prepare the site for the plant, choose the appropriate type of conifers and correctly plant them. In the last article we talked about how to choose the conifers seedling. In this article we continue the theme of conifers. We will talk about how to properly plant a sapling.

How to Plant Conifers



For any conifer you need to dig a hole, twice larger (in width and height) than a container in which it was purchased. Make a drainage layer of 3-5 inches at the bottom, and sprinkle it with 1-2 inches of the mixture prepared with the needs of the plant species. You will have to prepare it, mixing the excavated soil with the various components.

Depending on the species and varieties of plants you may need sand, peat, turf and ground sheet. Some species may require liming.

You should have a ready-to-use softwood soil. It is required as a component of the mixture for planting.

Seedlings under 4 years at planting do not need fertilizer. If your plant is older, make the required amount of fertilizer, designed for its appearance and age.

When planting do not bury the root neck, it should be above the soil surface. Carefully remove the plant from the container and put a hole in the soil. Try not to destroy it, as the plant’s roots have accreted with mycorrhiza, which creates a kind of a favorable climate for the root system. Fill the space around it with the prepared mixture, trying to avoid the formation of voids.

After planting, firm the soil lightly with your hands and water it abundantly. If the ground is settled, then  fill the mixture and water it again. Then mulch the ground around the stipitate. It is desirable to use parts of conifer: pieces of bark, branches, cones, pine needles.

Planting time

The planting time for conifers is early spring, as soon as the soil thawed completely; and fall, when the daytime temperature does not exceed +50°F, but there is no threat of zero temperatures. Spring “migrants” will need shading, winter ones will need shelter from the searing wind and strong winter frost.

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