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Old 08-03-2019, 12:32 PM
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I have a Green Giant Arbor Vitae, and this is it's second summer of growth. It has probably grown a couple feet, but it is mainly the shoot in the middle, the leader, that has grown, not much else. Perhaps the growth rate is normal, but I don't think I dug the hole wide enough, and I know that the surrounding ground was very hard packed soil.

So I've really been watering it a lot and it has been really dry here, and I was wondering, could I be stunting the growth with too much watering? The Green Giant is clearly healthy, I've fertilized it also, but I water it every two/three days, for about 15 minutes of full water, all around the drip line. I really don't know how much to water the thing.
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Old 08-03-2019, 01:18 PM
 
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Overwatering in well draining soil once in awhile is okay, but overwatering in tightly packed soil conditions could cause root rot where the new growth roots rot off stunting the plant.

Here's some good information on watering arborvitaes.
https://homeguides.sfgate.com/wateri...ees-33683.html
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Old 08-03-2019, 07:36 PM
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Thank you wit-nit, I am going to try aerating the soil, this might help, but there is definitely no discoloration, everything is a bright green, so I'm pretty sure I have not caused root rot.
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