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Facts and Steps to Plant and Care for a Juniper

When you have a love for gardening, there’s absolutely no plant that is off limits to you. People normally prefer plants that are low maintenance and don’t require too much attention, especially if they take gardening to be a hobby rather than a fulltime job – not to mention, the busy schedules that working individuals are normally accustomed to.

Fortunately, there are plenty of different types of plants and trees that one can grow. If you’re looking for something along the lines of a hedgerow, then the Juniper is certainly the ideal choice for the purpose. It can adjust to most climates without you having to worry about it dying. However, that doesn’t mean that the juniper tree doesn’t require any care at all. Here’s how you can plant and care for a juniper tree in easy steps:

What is a Juniper?

The juniper tree, also one of the most well-known hedgerow trees, is one of the oldest plants in the book of gardening. If you ever walk into a well-kept garden, you’re sure to witness a juniper tree being used as a natural fence for the purpose of maintaining privacy while also keeping the wild and stray animals away. The best part about juniper trees is their ability to stand long periods of drought and their exceptional durability so you won’t have to worry about the juniper dying anytime soon.

How to Plant a Full Grown Juniper Tree

You don’t need to be a professional gardener to plant juniper trees, but they still do require an exceptional amount of care:

  • Start by prepping the soil – this is one of the most important parts of the whole process. Prepare the soil by systematically mulching and watering the soil at least a day before you plant the seeds.
  • Once you’ve done the soil preparation, it’s time to get to the digging. Dig a hole that is at least 4 ft deep and 5 ft wide. After that, add a big bag of compost to the removed soil and mix it.
  • Prior to laying down the juniper tree, ensure that you’ve removed the burlap or sacking with a pair of sharp scissors to make the process a lot easier.
  • Before you spread the roots of the juniper tree in the bottom of the hole, make sure that the tree itself is in an upright position.
  • Once you’ve positioned the juniper tree properly, just water it thoroughly and let it sit overnight. However, ensure that you only fill the hole halfway.
  • When you check it the next day, ensure that the roots have been fed with water. Then fill up the rest of the dug up hole with soil and cover the roots from top to bottom.
  • Also, remember to fertilize the tree properly. Spread the manure in an expansive circle all around the tree, but make sure you don’t cover the base of the tree entirely – it won’t be able to breathe otherwise. Keep adding water every now and then.