Easy, Breezy Juniper Tree Care
Juniper trees belong to the cypress tree family and are quite common across the globe, since they are hardy and fare well in a wide variety of climates. Unlike many other types of plants, junipers grow both as trees and as shrubs. With their small, needle-shaped or scale-like leaves, the coniferous evergreens are extremely versatile, making them ideal for use in almost any landscape design…As does the relative ease of juniper tree care. They do, however, require a great deal of sunlight for proper growth and need soil with proper drainage – which means that junipers grow well in sandy soils. They also have the advantage of growing well in both acidic and alkaline soils.
With proper juniper tree care, the trees are very low maintenance and grow to sizes ranging from 18 inches to 60 feet. Juniper trees also come in a wide variety of shapes, from low ground covers and tiny Bonsais to massively tall trees. Their leaves vary in color from dark, rich green to light blue-green and even sometimes shades of yellow, making them attractive for use in gardens that need color.
Jumping for junipers
While juniper tree care is easy, germination from the seed form does take a long time. For that reason, most homeowners and landscapers buy small shrubs or trees from local garden nurseries. Once planted, junipers need full sun and well-drained soil. In fact, the drought-tolerant plants do not like wet soil and suffer from over-watering, making them ideal for Florida. They’re also salt tolerant, which makes growing them in coastal areas far easier than many other species of trees.
When planting a juniper tree, the hole should always be about twice the size of the plant’s root ball. The addition of rich compost helps create a better growth environment for the newly-planted tree, so mix it with the soil before seating the plant in the hole. Remove the rooted plant from its container, then place it into the hole, carefully loosening the outer roots and slightly spreading them out. Next, fill the hole around the tree with soil and lightly tamp the area down. Water thoroughly two to three times per week for the first couple of weeks following planting.
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Plant and go
Ongoing juniper tree care plan includes mulching the area around them to prevent weeds and to maintain a tidy looking landscape. Except in instances of very poor-quality soil, the use of additional fertilizer is not usually necessary. And contrary to what one might assume, established junipers require no watering except during periods of severe drought.
They require very little pruning, and insect problems are rare and are easily treatable with insecticide. Truly, their hardiness knows no bounds, as junipers suffer extremely few plant diseases. In fact, most problems with juniper trees are generally associated with being planted in wet soil or in areas of too much shade.
At Executive Landscaping, Inc., we know that juniper trees are great for use in a wide range of landscaping projects and use them a great deal for clients looking for low-maintenance, attractive garden design. In our decades of working across the Gulf Coast, we’ve had the honor of reimagining uninspired spaces into stunningly beautiful masterpieces, and the quality of our work has earned us a reputation we’re proud of.
Call the landscaping experts at Executive Landscaping, Inc. to learn more about juniper tree care and the other landscaping services we offer today!