This season I replaced my Snowball viburnum with an Emerald green arborvitae. The Snowball viburnum was infested with Viburnum leaf beetle. I tried to control the pest organically for the past two growing season without success. I finally admitted it was the wrong plant for this space and removed it.
The most common mistake made when planting trees and shrubs is to plant them too deeply. I made a video showing how to plant a container grown arborvitae. Properly planting trees and shrubs will ensure they get off to a good start so you can enjoy them for years to come. This video will give you a few helpful hint to properly plant an arborvitae.
Helpful pointers for planting container grown trees:
- Locate the start of the root system and never plant the tree below this point.
- Prepare the roots before planting. Container grown trees are often severely root bound.
- Ensure the base of the planting hole is firm and supports the root ball.
- Add mulch using the 3-3-3 method (3 inches of mulch, 3 foot diameter around tree, 3 inches between the mulch and the trunk.