A Guide to Buying and Caring for Coniferous Trees

Coniferous trees are a family of trees made up from spruce, fir, and pine trees. To the novice, these are trees that are used for the Christmas season. Of course, Conifers can look great throughout the whole year, and can significantly enhance the look of an outdoor space. They are appropriate for every season, and Coniferous hedges make great contributions to any garden. If you’re interested in planting one or several conifers, here is some pivotal information to consider when purchasing and planting.

Nursery and Soil Vetting

When purchasing conifers or any tree for that matter, you should make sure that the nursery you’re buying from sells quality trees that will succeed in the proper conditions. We, as well as many other experts highly recommend that you test your soil in the location where you’d like to plant your trees. Conifers need to be planted in areas that contain a smaller amounts of acid levels. Also, be sure that the particular conifer you’re planting can handle the climate where you live. Minnesota is an ideal climate for conifers because, while the state has cool temperatures, it’s also dry enough for the conifer’s sustainability.


After you’ve planted the conifers, you still must tend to them on a regular basis or the tree won’t thrive. Expert Robert Childs says that when the trees are dug up, that up to 95% of their healthy root system may have perished. To re-establish strong roots, you must water them regularly. Be sure to water them more if your area has experienced a recent drought. The best time of year to transplant conifers is in autumn. When planting the tree, Childs suggests to plant the tree up to the root flare, otherwise the tree won’t survive.


Childs says that unless the soil in which you plant is particularly poor, you shouldn’t have to use any fertilizer for your tree. If you do use fertilizer, we recommended that you don’t use any with nitrogen, otherwise it will kill the tree. When determining what kind of pruning should be done, it is best to consult with an expert to figure out how much pruning you should do. Typically, there shouldn’t be a lot pruning involved until the tree has grown considerably. In terms of insect infestation, conifers aren’t prone to mass infestations, and there are many approved options that you can use at home, but if the problem gets out of hand, you should consult a professional.

If you have any questions about conifers, or have another tree related question, call us at (952) 888-8733 or contact us here and we will respond as soon as possible.