How to Use Miracle Grow Evergreen Spikes for Arborvitae


The arborvitae is an evergreen tree that is found over many parts of eastern Canada and the northeastern United States. It is a member of the cypress family and has soft scale-like leaves. This tree doesn't like hot, humid climates and actually prefers cool summers. Like all plants, proper fertilization is key to achieving a healthy looking evergreen. Miracle-Gro Evergreen Fertilizer Spikes are an effective method of fertilizing arborvitaes because they only have to be applied twice per year and deliver a constant slow-release fertilizer to your tree.

Step 1

Water the entire root zone of the arborvitae until the soil is moist. The root zone will extend from the trunk outward to the edge of the outermost branches.

Step 2

Place the provided plastic cap on top of a fertilizer spike and drive it into the ground with a hammer at the edge of the drip line (outermost branches). Remove the plastic cap and hammer the spike until it's 2 inches below the soil surface.

Step 3

Repeat the above process and drive Miracle-Gro fertilizer spikes into the ground around the entire drip line at a distance of 3 feet apart.

Step 4

Apply the spikes twice each year--once in the early spring and once in mid-fall.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden hose
  • Water source
  • Scotts Miracle-Gro Evergreen Fertilizer Spikes
  • Tape measure
  • Hammer


  • About Arborvitae
  • The Gardener's Network: Arborvitae
  • Scotts: Miracle-Gro Evergreen Fertilizer Spikes FAQ & Help
  • Scotts: Miracle-Gro Evergreen Fertilizer Spikes Details & Usage
Keywords: miracle-gro evergreen fertilizer, evergreen fertilizer spikes, fertilizing arborvitae, drip line, outermost branches, moist soil

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Robin Gonyo has been writing for several years now. She has a deep love for gardening and has spent a vast amount of time researching that subject. Previously she has written for private clients before joining Demand Studios. She hopes to share her knowledge with others through her writing.