Care Guide for Gold Lace Juniper Shrub
- Choose a well-draining location with full sun exposure.
- Dig a hole twice the size of the root ball and mix in compost to improve soil fertility.
- Place the shrub in the hole, making sure the top of the root ball is level with the surrounding soil.
- Fill the hole with soil, tamping down lightly, and water thoroughly.
- The gold lace juniper shrub prefers well-drained soil with a slightly acidic pH of 6.0 to 6.5.
- Avoid planting in heavy clay or poorly draining soils as this can lead to root rot.
- Apply a 2-3 inch layer of mulch around the base of the shrub to conserve moisture and regulate soil temperature.
- Avoid placing the mulch directly against the stem or trunk of the shrub as this can lead to decay.
- Thrives in full sun, tolerates shade.
- Water during the first two months twice a week, increase in extreme hot days, as plants mature reduce water frequency to once a week.
- Always verify the top 2-3 inches of soil, if dry to the touch water as needed.
- The shrub is relatively low-maintenance and does not require frequent fertilization.
- Fertilize once in early spring with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer.
- Prune in late winter or early spring to maintain desired shape and size.
- Remove any dead, diseased, or crossing branches.
- Avoid over-pruning as this can reduce the shrub's natural shape and lead to regrowth that is more susceptible to disease.