the care and feeding of evergreen seedlings

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  1. R.

    R. Well-Known Member

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    Can someone please give me advice on how to keep my evergreen seedlings from dying off? I would like to start a couple rows around the house, but they keep dying off. I know it takes an acid soil and moist ground. But even the ones that were looking healthy now look like they are dying.

    Also any hints on how to start evergreens from seed?

    Thank you.
     
  2. shadowwalker

    shadowwalker Well-Known Member

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    Go to the farmers almanac.com Go to seed forum and ask the question.
    shadowwalker
     

  3. uncle Will in In.

    uncle Will in In. Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Did you test te soil PH ??
    High PH can kil them.
     
  4. Windy in Kansas

    Windy in Kansas In Remembrance

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    If you have male dogs they may be more responsible for the demise of the trees than soil conditions.
     
  5. BCR

    BCR Well-Known Member

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    How big are the seedlings? If they are one foot or smaller we put them into a section of the garden we call the tree nursery. They stay well-mulched and pampered until they are big enough (2-4 feet) to move to their permanent location. If you are putting small seedlings out on their own they need some protection. Net or put chicken wire around them staked down with a stick/rod. Mulch them heavily for about 12 inches around. Keep them well-watered the first year. The mulch keeps them moist and protects them from tall grasses. It also makes it easier for you to weedwhack without killing them.