If your dreams about the improvement of your suburban area are reduced to the formation of a hedge, decorating the porch or the entire facade of the building, improving the outer attire of the terrace, then you definitely need to get acquainted with such a decorative plant as western thuja.
The thuja western especially will suit you if your site settles down on the marshy peaty soil which to many plants only to the detriment.
Thuja is very much appreciated all over the world for combining in itself the grace and beauty of the look and unpretentiousness of care, as well as in living conditions.
Thuja has a strong trunk and a neat crown in the shape of a narrow pyramid.
Young branches of the plant are covered with bark consisting of small scales. The needles of the thuja in spring are bright green, and by the summer they acquire a darker saturated green color. Old conifer needles are replaced by new ones, young every four to five years together with branches.
A special plus of the western thuja is that, like all coniferous plants, the thuja remains green all year round. It will, of course, cost more than deciduous species, but the beauty of planting your hedge will always please you, both in winter and summer, as they say.
Of all the species forms of thuja, it is the thuja that is most often used as an ornamental plant in our country.
And, in general, its natural habitat is North America, as well as the territory of Canada. The western thuja forms very dense and impassable thickets in the marshes, in the valleys and along the river banks.
The western thuja is also good in terms of age, since it has been living for over a hundred years. Tui needles are also highly valued for their high percentage of essential oil.
Use thuya western
Used for the formation of decorative plantings, both individual and group.
The hedge from a thuja western very beautifully looks. It is not only distinguished by its beauty, but also by its bactericidal properties, like any coniferous plant. In a single planting, of course, these properties of the western thuja will not appear as much as in a hedge consisting of many plant specimens.
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Planting thuya western
Tuya western can be planted with small trees, acquired from the hands or in a specialized store. However, it is possible to plant with the help of seeds collected in September - December.
After harvesting, the seeds are dried, sifted through a sieve and stored in gauze bags until the first snow, then in the allotted area they sprinkle the seeds on the ground and sprinkle them on top with snow. In this state, western thuja seeds are until spring. And in the spring they are planted in rows in open ground. It is best to take no more than five grams of seeds per square meter and sow them to a depth of half a centimeter. After sowing, the soil is covered with sawdust to preserve heat and watering is performed.
After some time, you get the first shoots. It is better to provide young seedlings with UV protection.
Grow, your young shoots will be long. In the third year can reach only forty centimeters height. Just three-year-old dive them (pinch the taproot), and at the age of five carry out a transplant to a permanent habitat.
If you decide to plant thuja western with small young trees, then immediately provide a distance between plants of two meters. At the bottom of the landing pit, which will go to the depth of sixty to seventy centimeters, lay out the drainage of broken brick, and on top of a little peat fertilizer.
Caring for thuja western
Care will be in watering and dressing. It is best to use a slurry solution as the latter, and with nitrogen fertilizers you need to be extremely careful.
Care is reduced also to the removal of weeds, as well as damaged, old and diseased branches of the western thuja.