Plant thuja tree as noise protection

Thuja is also called the tree of life, and quite rightly so: it is so rich in life that it shoots about 20 to 40 cm per year and can reach a final height of several meters.

At our neighbor stands a 5 m high thuja tree, a truly majestic proof of the growth potential of this hedge plant. So if you want to breed a really nice hedge for a short amount of money in a relatively short time, just reach for your favorite Thuja variety, just as we did!

Thuja hedge as noise protection: is that possible?

Our new house has a small noise barrier to the thoroughfare, but because more often trucks and tractors pass by, we wish for more efficiency at this point. Finally, we would like to be able to enjoy our cappuccino in the swing seat at any time of day... Okay, to be honest, for noise-protection purposes, we recommend more large-leaved plant species whose leaves have a rounded shape. Thujas, however, are conifers, leaves are sought in vain. However, we need more than 50 plants for our not very short hedge and somehow have to make do with our limited budget: At the time of planting, there are 1 m big Thujas already available for 2 Euro, a gigantic advantage over most other hedge plants!

We trust that our Thuja hedge grows thick and thick over time, so that even the width keeps some noise away. The site is also large enough to add another hedgerow ring from other plants later if needed. The Thuja hedge is always eye-catching - and also guarantees high enough that it towers over the trucks. The sunny location on top of the hilltop love these trees in any case, shade is not particularly desired by them.

Why it is better to buy small thujas

Our Thujas are about 1.00 m to 1.20 m tall - and this is very convenient not only because of the low price. The significantly more expensive large Thuja often get into a growth increase during transplantation, which means that the previously smaller trees overtake them in a short time. Small plants simply can not handle the bedding much better and grow more reliably.

Water thujas thoroughly after planting

After planting, one thing is especially important: water, water and water again! At least in the first three years, the Thuja hedge must not dry out under any circumstances, otherwise perhaps all the effort was in vain. In this respect, the ultra-rainy summer of 2016 has paid off for us in at least one way: our Thujas have grown very well even without a permanent foundry. Later, when the plants are large and well-rooted, it is sufficient to water them exclusively during periods of drought.

What else to consider when planting a Thuja hedge

In the video you can see how we plant our 50 Thujas on the noise barrier on the thoroughfare. Because we did not inform ourselves before, we do some things wrong, but some things are right. The depth of implantation, the size of the holes and the extensive watering while planting were certainly a good decision, as an addition would have some nutrients for fast growth gutgetan:

Plant Thujas: This is how the soil should be

Thujas thrive on simple garden soil, mixing in humus, compost or peat bog is definitely recommended: This ensures a rapid rooting, which in turn means that the individual tree does not dry up so quickly. It is also possible to line the planting hole with the nutrient-containing material, so that there is a lot of "feed" available at the beginning. The topmost roots should be covered with a five-centimeter-thick layer of earth, then you can then sprinkle a few centimeters of bark mulch to keep the moisture in the ground. In the first three weeks after planting, you should even water the hedge in the rain!

Plant your thujas like us in late spring (namely in May) or in early summer. When the last frost is over, you exclude at least one unpleasant surprise! Even in early autumn, such a hedge can be put on well, then the frost (hopefully) is still a few weeks away. Do not set the individual plants too close, so that they can develop nicely and do not compete with each other for the nutrients in the soil. 30 to 40 cm distance are definitely recommended, then in the beginning still holes in the hedge can be seen, but at the high growth speed of the Lebensbäume these settle quickly.

Thujas fertilize properly: our watch list for the next few years

Once a year in summer, magnesium- and nitrogen-containing hedge fertilizer ensures that the plants are well supplied and ready for the coming winter. In autumn, however, you should no longer fertilize, then the plants could initiate their winter rest too late - and they are not doing well.

In the spring of the first shoot, the ideal opportunity to cut the Thuja hedge, but also the late summer is a good time for it. It is best to cut off only a few centimeters of the young shoots, leaving the old shoots alone. Below, the hedge should grow wider than above. If you cut too radically, you risk creating unsightly holes that will not grow so quickly. We decided to cut just a little twice a year instead of too much.

Now we are curious what will become of our new Thuja hedge - maybe we'll show you later!

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