The Ultimate Guide To Planting Arborvitae Tree

The Arborvitae tree is a very beautiful tree that, if grown properly and taken care of, can grow to be as long as 200 feet.

It’s a very well-known tree that is mostly used for decoration thanks to how beautiful it looks. Planting Arborvitae tree will give your garden a wonderful addition, making things look a lot prettier than before.

This true is often used as separation between houses, or even used as a fence around your home garden.

What’s beautiful about this tree is that there are a lot of varieties to it, meaning that you can pick whichever kind that suits you and the type of usage that you need this tree for.

Plant Arborvitae Tree

There are many different factors to consider when choosing the right type of tree for you depending on what you need. The tree you go for needs to match the lawn you have, as well as the climate in your area.

Choosing the Right Spot for Planting Arborvitae Tree


The planting Arborvitae tree should be in a spot where there is either full, or partial light. This doesn’t mean that they can’t grow in shaded areas, but their chances of survival are much better when in light.

The tree will need anything between 6 and 8 hours of direct sunlight a day. If it gets anything less than that, it might trouble the tree which will give it stunted growth.

Planting Arborvitae Tree in pot

Although this tree thrives under the sun, it cannot handle the hot summer days, and it would definitely use some shade in the afternoons.

Planting Arborvitae Tree in the Right Time

Also, you should be planting Arborvitae tree during the fall or spring. This is what gives it time to adapt to its new climate before the hot summer, or freezing winter days arrive.

It is important that you don’t plant the tree indoors. This is because it can grow to be very tall, and being indoors won’t allow that to really happen.

Planting Arborvitae Tree


The soil in which you will plant the tree needs to check a few boxes as well. It needs to be well-draining, and loamy.

The tree will grow best if it is planted in a moist soil that is rich of nutrients.

You can also add compost, or any organic soil mix to the ground to make sure you give your tree a boost as it settles in its new home.


The place in which you’ll be planting Arborvitae tree needs to be protected from the wind. This is important for the tree for its first few years of life as it hasn’t really gotten its roots deep enough into the ground.

Planting Arborvitae Tree for privacy

This isn’t very hard to do as you can choose to plant the tree next to a wall, or an even bigger tree that will protect it from the wind. 

Planting Arborvitae Tree

Once you’re ready for planting Arborvitae tree, get your Arborvitae saplings from your nearest garden center or nursery, and make sure the ones you get are healthy, green, and don’t show any signs of sickness or damage.

Next, you may want to plant the seeds in a pot before you take them into the ground. Especially if it isn’t fall or spring yet. Keep them in the pot until spring, and then you can put them in the ground.

Keep in mind that they can’t grow very high if they stay in the pot, which is why they need to be transferred outdoors for them to reach their maximum growth.

Most people who grow this tree don’t just grow one or two of them; if you want them to look good then you might need to plant a few, at least.

Planting Arborvitae Tree from transplat

You can align them in one row, to make for a beautiful natural fence that also happens to be very practical to block intruders from entering your garden.

The holes you dig for planting Arborvitae tree should be evenly spaced out to make for an even landscaping line.

Space them at least 2 feet away from one another to make sure they have enough space to grow.

Once you’ve dug the holes, remove the tree from the pot, with all its roots and make sure they stay intact. Take everything and slowly, and gently put it in the hole.

Keep in mind that the wholes you dig should be as big as the root ball that you’ll be taking out of the pot. 

After you’ve put the root ball in the soil, cover it with dirt until it is even with the surface and looks natural.

Caring for the Arborvitae Tree

Planting Arborvitae Tree in shapes


Your tree will need 1 inch of water every week. Since this tree grows best in soil that is moist, not dry, and not soggy. You’re going to have to check your soil’s dryness once a day.

This can be easily done by sticking your finger in it. If you find that it feels dry then you need to water the plant immediately. If it feels too soggy then you need to lower the amount of water, you’re used to giving it.

watering Arborvitae Tree


You only need to fertilize your tree once every year and that is enough for you to give it the nutrients it will need to thrive during that year. The fertilizer you’ll need has to be rich in nitrogen for it to be beneficial for the plant.


Mulching the trees should only be done during summer and winter. You should apply a 3-inch layer of mulch around the base of the trees twice a year, during the periods we’ve mentioned above.

If you see that the trees aren’t thriving as much as you expected them to, you can add mulch more often.

The mulching can help cool down the tree when it the weather is hot, and it insulates the tree when the weather is cold.


pruning Arborvitae Tree

To maintain your tree’s original shape, you’re going to need to do some pruning every now and then.

Cutting away dead and dying branches can easily be done using pruning shears. You can also use it to thin out the overgrown.

One thing you should be aware of is that you shouldn’t trim more than a ¼ of the tree’s foliage or else you’ll risk the tree going into shock.