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Mistakes to Avoid when Growing a Juniper Tree

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The hardy juniper tree is a beautiful and fairly easy plant to maintain. Species vary from full trees to small shrubs and bushes ideal for bonsai. As established juniper require very little care, they are ideal garden plants. Follow this guide to help your trees successfully reach that stage by avoiding some of the most common mistakes when caring for a juniper.

Planting and Early Care

Juniper seeds are very hard to germinate and don't usually success. For this reason, your best bet is to buy a young tree that has already sprouted. Plant in the fall months.

Different species of juniper grow in almost every region of the world and can handle poor soil conditions, though they grow best in clay soil. Some varieties grow wider or wider than others, so spaceing greatly depends on the variety you have. For the wider, shrubbier plants, space them at least the same width as they are tall. If you are creating a privacy or wind barrier, do not space them so far as to compromise the desired result.

Water junipers more in the summer months, but allow to dry out just a bit when the cold comes around. Avoid overwatering as this type of tree does not do well in water-logged soil. After planting in the fall, water every week until first frost. If the ground does not freeze where you live, it is safe to water the juniper in the winter time.

Mature Juniper Care

As previously mentioned, a mature and developed juniper requires virtually no care. After a year or two, depending on varying conditions such as climate, soil and care, your juniper will be ready to flourish completely of its own accord.

One of the most common mistakes made is over-caring for junipers. You don't really need to even water an established tree unless you notice it starting to dry out too much, which is unlikely to happen. Avoid over-watering your juniper tree or shrub once it is an established part of your garden.

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