How to Fertilize Junipers


Junipers are coniferous plants that come in tree and shrub form. They are green with needle-like leaves. Trees can reach more than 20 meters high while the shrubs grow outward. The plants require very little care. For the first few years of life, fertilize your juniper once a year. As your juniper matures, you can fertilize it every other year. Plan to fertilize in the early spring or late fall after the growing season.

Things You'll Need

  • Juniper tree or shrub
  • Gloves
  • Shovel
  • Acid fertilizer
  • Water
  • Wet the surface around your juniper. If you fertilize dry you run the risk of burning the roots of your juniper.

  • Poke holes in the soil around your juniper tree and near the drip line. The holes should be a few feet apart and reach at least 12 inches below the surface.

  • Add an acidic fertilizer in the holes you poked around and close to the drip line, 4 oz. per 10 square feet. Do not allow fertilizer to touch the bark or base of your juniper as it will burn the bark and base.

  • Place the fertilizer deep in the ground so it can reach the roots. Fill in the holes with the surrounding soil.

  • Water the soil around your juniper thoroughly after fertilizing.

  • Mulch the area around your juniper, if fertilizing in the fall, to prevent winter freezing.

Tips & Warnings

  • Read all directions on the label of your fertilizer.
  • Make sure to distribute the fertilizer evenly around your juniper tree.

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