Looking for an attractive evergreen that grows just about anywhere?
The Canadian Hemlock lives up to its name- it laughs at the cold. These evergreens thrive in cold regions where other varieties can't grow.
However, it is still able to grow in warmer climates, too. It does best in growing zones 3-8.
Canadian Hemlocks even grow in poor soil conditions. They enjoy either full sun or shade. Very cold hardy.
When planted in close proximity, these hemlocks produce a dense hedge that will not only provide plenty of privacy, but will also increase your property value!
The small, fine textured needles are dark green on top and lighter underneath. They grow in flat, feathery layers all the way to the ground. The bark is a colorful cinnamon-red.
Makes a great ornamental specimen. Plant near the corners of your home or near your patio. These evergreens add grace and charm to your landscape.
A great home for wildlife! The dense, low foliage provides excellent winter cover for many birds and small, furry animals that are fun to watch.
Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Canadian Hemlock.
If you're planting a hedge, mark out a visual guide by placing stakes five to six feet apart and looping string around them. Plant the where the stakes are and they'll grow together to make a dense privacy screen.
First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.
Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.
Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.
Next, separate the roots of your Canadian Hemlock gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.
The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.
Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.
To make it just right, use a level.
As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.
Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.
Water your Canadian Hemlock again after the transplant is complete.
To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.
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