How to Care for Italian Cypress Trees

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Italian cypress trees are known for their tall, slender look seen commonly in memorial gardens and around monuments. Although beautiful, the Italian cypress requires a caretaker who is willing to put time and money into the trees. Cypress trees tend to turn yellow if not properly taken care of. Follow these simple yet time-consuming tasks in taking care of your trees.

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Things you need

  • Cypress trees
  • 10- to 12-inch stick
  • Granular fertiliser
  • Fungicide
  • Miticide
  • Pruning shears

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    Caring for Italian Cypress Trees

  1. 1

    Monitor the moisture of the dirt around your tree by pushing a stick into the surrounding soil.

  2. 2

    Water the trees if the moisture level on your stick is less than 10 inches.

  3. 3

    Apply granular fertiliser to trees quarterly in order to maintain health.

  4. 4

    Use fungicide on trees after the beginning of any wet period. The trees should not remain wet, and drenching surrounding areas with fungicide will help eliminate root fungus.

  5. 5

    Use a miticide every three months on trees to prevent mite infestation.

  6. 6

    Trim and maintain shape as needed.

Tips and warnings

  • Italian cypress trees will survive in almost any climate. Plant them close to one another to create a natural fence for any yard.
  • Fungicide and miticide are extremely dangerous chemicals. It is recommended that a professional applies the pesticides to the trees if knowledge of these chemicals is little to none.

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