How to Plant Conifers?

Thuja Conifers are the most-used hedging conifers. Because of its beneficial qualities, the Thuja Brabant and Thuja Smaragd is often the best choice for a hedge. This conifer has no special requirements for its location and grows in almost any type of soil. It's a strong and healthy plant that grows quickly, and is one of the strongest and most winter-hardy hedging plants around. It is easy to prune and even suitable to plant in coastal areas and in heavy soil.

What is the best way to plant a hedge?
1.Tighten a thin rope along the strip of ground where the hedge will be planted.
2.Dig a sufficiently deep and wide trench between the lines of the rope for the plants.
3.Lay the plants next to the trench at the right distance. The number of plants per metre is indicated with all the products.
4.Place the plants in the trench and fill the hole with a mixture of soil and fertiliser. Firmly press the soil.
5.Make sure the plants are upright and aligned.
6.Water the plants and then fill up the hole some more.
7.Give plenty of water again.
8.In case of continuous dry weather, water regularly during the first few weeks.

Before the plants go in the ground, note that:
1. the burlap around the root has been removed,
2. the roots are not damaged,
3. the plants are upright,
4. the plants are aligned.

Other tips for planting your conifers
Plant the conifers as soon as possible after they are delivered to prevent them from drying out.

Fertilising
Apply slow-acting organic fertiliser from mid-April to late September. It is important to fertilise evergreen plants such as conifers regularly, so that they don't have a shortage of nutrients. By lightly fertilising them, the plants stay healthy, strong and steady in colour.

Pruning
Pruning once a year is enough.
Some light additional pruning may be done throughout the growing season, for instance to shorten branches that are growing too wide.

Watering
Regularly water the conifers the first few months after planting. If it's sunny and/or very windy, at least 3 times a week. Make sure the water reaches the root ball and the roots.

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