The Do’s and Don’ts of Evergreen Tree Care
Evergreen trees, being a self-explanatory name for itself, is popularly known for having foliage the entire year round. Regardless of the seasons that come and go, the evergreen trees can establish themselves for a very long time, if provided with all its needs.
While other trees, such as deciduous trees lose their leaves in those frosty autumn seasons to protect themselves against the cold so that they can bloom again in more temperate seasons, the evergreen trees are prized for their ability to maintain a luscious green coat all year round, especially if it’s thoroughly cared for.
There are a number of purposes that an evergreen tree serves for people. Mostly, they’re planted to provide windbreaks in places where the hostile cold wind can make the outdoors feel unwelcoming. They also serve an effective screening purpose. Their thick foliage makes for an effective screen and can block out even short distance views, which is why forest woodland creatures like foxes and other predators use these trees for cover. However, people benefit from the privacy aspect of these trees to help them privatize their home spaces from vast open land.
Here are some useful tips to help you care for your evergreen tree.
Choosing time and place for plantation: If you’re looking to plant these trees, it’s best to plant them in a suitable place that has other evergreen trees too, ensuring the suitability of the soil to your new tree. Depending on the type of tree, you should choose either a soil with alkaline pH which tends to be drier, or acidic soils that are moister. Most evergreens prefer acidic soils. It is also important to plant the tree at a suitable time, like spring or fall depending on your climate. In hotter and drier regions, planting in fall is the best option, and in colder regions, planting in springs gives the roots enough time to establish themselves.
Don’t forget to water and mulch: Since evergreens mostly prefer their soil to retain its moisture, it is always a good idea to mulch around the canopy underbelly with thick woodchips. This will prevent extensive evaporation of the ground water. Watering the soil is important especially during hotter seasons to prevent the tree from drying out, as well as in the cold months, given that the water doesn’t freeze up.
Fertilize: It is recommended to fertilize these trees with fertilizers specifically made for evergreen trees, to meet up with their high nitrogen requirements. Using such fertilizers as per the instructed use would do just fine, but only use slow releasing fertilizers after mid-summer. Fertilizing in extremely dry conditions isn’t advised since ample watering would suffice.
Pruning: Pruning isn’t heavily needed with the evergreens, but can be used for corrective purposes, which could include removing diseased parts of the plants, and establishing a leading vertical top stem while removing any secondary leaders.
Pruning must be done on the outside of the branch collar to prevent the rot from entering the trunk. If you’re a resident of Santa Fe and looking for care and maintenance services for your evergreen tree, you can utilize Santa Fe Tree Company’s tree farm services specifically for your evergreen tree’s needs.