Plant juniper shrubs in a location with full sun or light shade. When they get too much shade, the branches spread apart in an effort to let more sunlight in, and the damage to their shape can’t be repaired.
Junipers grow in any type of soil as long as it is well-drained. Many types make excellent street shrubs because they tolerate the spray from road salt and other urban pollution.
Plant container-grown junipers any time of year. Shrubs with balled and burlapped roots are best planted in fall.
Dig the planting hole as deep as the root ball and two to three times wider. Set the shrub in the hole so the soil line on the stem is even with the surrounding soil.
Backfill with the soil removed from the hole without amendments. Press down firmly as you fill the hole to remove air pockets.
Water deeply after planting, and add additional soil if it settles into a depression. Water young shrubs during dry spells for the first two years.
Afterward, the shrub is drought tolerant and can make do with what nature provides.
Fertilize the shrub with 10-10-10 fertilizer in spring of the year after planting and every other year thereafter.