Thuja Green Giant Spacing Tips

Thuja Green Giant is an attractive, fast-growing evergreen that is becoming quite popular as a landscape plant in the United States. Thuja Green Giant trees are exceptionally disease resistant and tolerate a wide variety of conditions and climates. They grow at a rate of three to five feet per year, usually reaching heights of 50 feet or more, making them desirable for gardeners and landscapers looking to grow a quick privacy screen or windbreak. Thuja Green Giants are the perfect choice for those who don't have a lot of time to spend landscaping, as they require very little maintenance once they are established. Here are some tips for creating your own hedge or windbreak with Thuja Green Giant.

Location
Thuja Green Giants will tolerate almost any kind of soil, with the exception of rocky, sandy areas. They grow best in full sun, but they will also grow quite well in partial shade. Be sure to consider the fast rate of growth and eventual height of your hedge, and be sure you allow enough clearance.

Spacing
While Thuja Green Giants will grow to great heights, the do tend to have a narrow canopy spread. For an almost-instant privacy screen, you can space your trees as little as six feet apart. However, if you don't mind waiting a couple of years for it to really fill in, you can space them 10 feet apart. Planting your trees further apart will allow them to grow taller, so consider the desired height of your hedge when spacing your plants.

Planting
For each Thuja Green Giant in your hedge, dig a hole at least twice the size of the root ball. Loosen the roots carefully with your hands as you place your tree in the hole. Backfill with soil and water deeply. Next, add a good layer of mulch, to control weeds and retain moisture. It is important that your hedge be watered very well until it is well established.

Care and Maintenance
Once your hedge is established, it will require very little care. The narrow growing habit of Thuja Green Giant means that it does not require pruning; however, you can prune if desired, to keep your hedge at the desired height. After the first couple of seasons, you will not need to give your hedge supplemental water except in the driest of conditions. If desired, you can use a slow-release fertilizer. With Thuja Green Giant, there is little need to worry about pests and diseases as they are resistant to most common tree problems.

With it's ease of care, fast growing habit and beautiful fragrance, it's easy to see why Thuja Green Giant has become such a popular choice for those looking for a picture-perfect hedge in a short amount of time.

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