Your yard can benefit from having an evergreen on your property because of the beauty and interest that they provide for your year round. Not only that, but they are often far less maintenance that deciduous trees are. While they may need less maintenance and care than a deciduous tree does, coniferous trees will still need to be cared for to keep them healthy. Crecraft For TreeCraft Tree Service is here to talk about some of the ways you need to care for your evergreen trees and shrubs to keep them happy and healthy.
What is the Best Time to Plant Evergreen Trees?
The first thing you need to know is, when the right time to plant evergreens is. These trees do best when they are planted during cooler weather. This means that you should wait until later fall or springtime to plant them. During the extreme heat of the summer, they will more than likely struggle to get established. You should also plant them on a cloudy day where there isn’t as much direct sunlight. You can also plant in the early morning hours as well as the evening hours to avoid this problem. The needles will lose moisture and struggle if the sun is too severe. This will help you avoid transplant shock.
Can Evergreens Survive in Shade or Do They Need Full Sun?
While it isn’t ideal to plant them when the sun is blaring, they will thrive if you plant them in a sunny place. There are several deciduous trees that thrive in areas where they experience some shade, but evergreens will do their best when they are planted in a sunny location.
How Much Should I Water My Evergreen Tree?
You will need to make sure your evergreen is getting the right amount of water as well. You don’t want them to be planted in an area where the water doesn’t drain well, and their roots are at risk of rotting. However, it is important that you make sure they are getting the water that they need to thrive. Transplanting is always hard on an evergreen’s root system. So, make sure you are giving them plenty of water during that first year.
Should I Cut Dead Branches & Prune Evergreens?
You can cause serious damage to your evergreen trees when you don’t prune them properly. When you’re pruning a deciduous tree, there will be new growth in the areas that you cut back the following year. It isn’t that way with coniferous trees though. They will only have new growth where the bark is still green. If you cut at them without knowing what you’re doing, you could end up causing severe damage to the tree and ruining the beautiful shape of your evergreen.