Conifers are among the most popular hedge plants. They are relatively easy to care for and undemanding. However, in order for you to thrive right from the start, they must be planted at the right time.Conifers are one of the most popular hedge plants. There are divided opinions about conifers. Some like it, others find it boring. Nevertheless, you can see them in many gardens as a hedge plant or as individual shrubs. The reason is probably the low maintenance and the robustness of the plants.
Conifers are considered evergreen plants, although they come in two varieties. They can be acquired as deciduous conifers and as evergreen plants. We will explain the special features of planting conifers here.
Conifers - conifers without spines
The conifer is biologically one of the conifers, but has branches that have no piercing needles. For this reason, they are particularly preferred by families when designing gardens. As the plants remain quite green during the winter months, they are ideal for hedges or an opaque windscreen. The classic conifers that we mainly plant are yew, juniper, larch and fir.
You can usually recognize a conifer by the following characteristics:
- The fruiting is cone-shaped
- Fruiting only begins after a few years
- Straight main trunk without large branches
- Needle loss occurs at intervals of several years (larches are an exception)
How to properly plant conifers
In order for conifers to tackle well in the ground, you have to wait for the right time. Young conifers are not recommended before summer or during the hot summer months. It makes more sense that you wait until the summer heat has subsided. The mild, but not cold temperatures and the increased rain in the autumn months help the plant to develop roots, so that it survives the first winter well. The best periods are between August and the end of September, alternatively you can switch to spring as a planting time.
" Tip: If you don't have a chance to plant the conifers in spring or autumn, you can switch to summer. However, pay attention to regular watering. If your young conifer already has a solid root ball, planting is even possible in winter, provided the soil is frost-free.
Basically, conifers have no great demands on soil quality or location. Ultimately, you can use the plant almost anywhere. The trees thrive particularly well with these tips:
- Prefer sunny location - better growth
- Dig over the ground before inserting
- Remove weed roots before planting
- Upgrade soil with fresh and fertilized soil
Place conifers at a distance
Most conifers are not used as a single plant, but in the form of hedges or opaque windscreens. If you choose very young specimens for planting, you will quickly be tempted to plant the plants too close together. Always keep in mind that conifers can grow several meters high and the diameter of the individual conifers can sometimes be two meters. Especially with conifer species, which are known to be very tall, you should pay attention to a planting distance of half a meter to two meters.
So that the hedge looks good when it is young, you should pay attention to the following:
- Plant the conifers at regular intervals of 0.5 to 2.0 meters
- The planting hole should be significantly larger than the root ball
- Young conifers form roots faster than older specimens
- After planting: ensure regular watering
Greening the garden with conifers is easy. You do not have to pay attention to a special soil quality and you can even use the plants in shady locations. However, it is advisable to choose at least one place that is half a day in the sun. Conifers simply thrive better in good lighting conditions and grow faster. It is also important that the floor is moist, but not soaked. The roots can die in the waterlogging.