How To Trim An Emerald Arborvitae
Emerald Arborvitae (Thuja Occidentalis ‘Emerald Green’) is a fairly low maintenance shrub, being one of the most popular privacy shrubs because it can be used in small spaces because it only grows to a height if 12 to 15 feet and a width of 3 to 4 feet wide if you don’t cut the top ( not recommended). There are faster growing evergreen shrubs such as Green Giant Arborvitae or Leyland Cypress, but Emerald Arborvitae is a better shrub for people who don’t want to do a lot of trimming and don’t have a lot of space.
Trimming an Emerald Arborvitae
Emerald Arborvitae doesn’t really need trimmed that often but will need the
some maintenance. The best time to trim them is during the growing season when the shrub is actively growing because if you trim Emerald Arborvitae during the winter the tips will die and the shrub wont look good for a couple of months. The main thing they will need is to have one single leader to prevent branches from breaking when snow lays on them. Pull out any secondary trunks and cut them in half with a pair of clippers. It is important to do this at a young age because if you do it to a fully mature Emerald Arborvitae it will leave bare spots where the branch was removed. This is commonly overlooked because at first the shrub will look thicker with more branches but in the long run it is very important for the health of the shrub. Next you will need shear the sides to make the foliage thicker and to control the size. Shearing is not necessary but will give it a better shape and create a more formal look. Shearing will not need to be done every year, but will need done about every third year.
Emerald Arborvitae Alternatives
If Emerald Arborvitae is to large of a shrub for you, you may want to check out Holmstrup Arborvitae ( Grows to 5 feet tall and 1 foot wide), or if you have a large space and want quick privacy, check out Green Giant Arborvitae (Grows to 40 feet tall and 15 feet wide) Emerald Arborvitae details Buy Emerald Arborvitae