If you are planting a new evergreen or cedar, feed it with fertilizer high in phosphorous for root development (when you look at the numbers on the fertilizer bag or box, that's the 2nd number).
Ensure your new evergreen gets plenty of water through the spring, summer and fall – they need a lot of water to make it through our winters.
If you are growing in Shaunavon, the soil has a typically high ph, which means it is alkaline; therefore if you are growing an evergreen that is established, you'll want to feed it with an acidic fertilizer that is high in nitrogen (that's the first number on the fertilizer bag).
In the fall, you can help protect your evergreen through the winter months by staking around the evergreen, then wrapping burlap around the stakes, which wrap the tree (wrapping burlap directly on the tree can promote the growth of fungus and disease).
Growing tips for Evergreens & Cedars
One of the most common questions that plague many people is ‘how do I know what plants to put in a planter so that it will look really great?’
The first thing you want to figure out is how much sunlight your planter will be exposed to (full sun, part sun, full shade); knowing this will help to narrow down what types of plants to choose from.
Once your planter location is decided, you can begin the exciting selection of plants. Uh-oh…is this where you start to balk? Well, here’s a super-simple solution – think “thriller, spiller, filler”.
Thriller is a tall growing plant that will create a vertical visual element (like purple fountain grass or dracaena).
Spiller is a plant that will trail down the side of the planter (like a vine or a trailing snapdragon or trailing lobelia).
Filler (you guessed it) is a plant which grows with a mounding habit (like euphorbia or begonia).
When you are choosing your plants, be sure to check the tags to see how much sun will make your plants the happiest and how tall they will grow.
Oh, and don’t forget – your plants need fertilizer to help their roots develop, to keep the leaves rich in color and to keep them blooming all summer long. A liquid fertilizer can be used every time you water; another option is slow-release fertilizer that you can mix into the surface of the soil.
Planting tips for containers
Waves are a series of petunias and pansies.
Easy wave has more of a mounding habit than wave. Wave grows lower, flatter to the ground.
Tidal is the biggest wave – tidal works best if you want to fill a barrel or big spaces.
Here are highlights among this dynamic family:
Wave grows lower to the ground, height of 5”-7” tall with a spread of 3 to 4 feet. Waves create a ground hugging carpet of color.
Easy wave grows 6” – 12” tall with a spread of 2.5’ to 3’. Fills containers and beds fast and full.
Tidal wave grows 16” to 22” tall with a spread of 2.5’ to 5’. Mountains of color in big spaces.
Shock wave grows 7” to 10” with a spread of 2.5’ to 3’. Shock wave covers smaller spaces with petite flowers. Covers small spaces with petite flowers.