Planting a hedge.

Asked April 23, 2018, 10:44 AM EDT

Hello, We live in Saint Paul. We purchased Brandon Arborvitae to plant a hedge in our back yard. Is it too soon to put them in the ground? Do you have recommendations for a type of mulch we should use? Do we need any soil supplements? Thank you! Sara

Ramsey County Minnesota

1 Response

Plant the arborvitae now if frost has left the ground and the soil is dry enough to dig without producing muddy clumps.

Shredded hardwood or cedar bark mulch will be serviceable for your purpose.

The transplants will grow best if their roots develop in the existing soil so no amendments are needed.

Although the following information applies to conditions in Oregon, much of it also applies to Minnesota and may be of interest: