Eastern White Cedar is a naturally occurring native species of fast-growing coniferus trees. (Thuja occidentalis). Its familiarity with the sometimes harsh realities of the Ottawa area's fluctuating climate makes it the ideal choice for local planting.
The Eastern White Cedar is a robust tree, beginning its life as yellowish green cones which grow in clusters. It is a quickly-establishing tree, sometimes growing up to two feet per year in its early life. The young Eastern White Cedar grows rapidly and in spurts, however once established a mature tree will grow slowly but surely. It will live for about 200 years occasionally surviving much longer. The bark of the young tree is silver and shiny, growing darker and separating into flat panels as it ages.
The Eastern White Cedar is a very versatile species and can be maintained to almost any size and shape.
Your new hedge can be kept within very manageable height or can be left to grow wild as high as 15 m and almost as thick as it is tall.
Choosing the right product is as important as choosing who installs it.
Roots Down Landscaping's personal relationship with the species of trees ensures that we both thrive.
Please read carefully and follow these instructions to maintain your warranty.
Cedars need lots of water. It almost impossible to overwater a properly-planted cedar hedge. After initial planting your hedge should be watered every evening (unless it rains) for a period of 30 to 45 minutes for the first year. A soaker hose on a timer is highly recommended due to its equal and gentle watering methods. This will prevent unnecessary erosion of the freshly placed soil.
Cedar hedging should receive extra watering during dry summers and several heavy waterings until freeze up in the fall if the fall has been dry. The right amount of water is the amount that keeps the soil moist at all times to ensure the cedar trees do not get distressed. When watering in the summer heat it is best to water in the evening so as not to scorch the tree's foliage to keep the evaporation to a minimum. Watering in the fall before the ground freezes enables the roots to bulk up before going into winter, ensuring they will be strong and healthy entering spring. Lack of a consistent source of water is the main reason for the decline of a healthy growing hedge.
Early spring, when things start to bloom, is the perfect time to fertilize your Eastern White cedar hedge.
For warranty purposes use bloodmeal, sheep manure and/or Miracle Gro for shrubs. This will provide the proper nutrients without burning the hedge (follow label directions closely). The only other time you need to fertilize is in the fall, again using the same fertilizers, to help provide the roots with nutrients to keep the trees healthy during the winter dormancy.
Do not trim your hedge for one full year. This is for warranty reasons as well as the general health of your cedar hedge. Cedar trees have very shallow surface roots so the ground surface should not be cultivated. Weeds are best cut off rather than pulled. Mulch helps minimise weed growth. After one full year your cedars' roots will have "taken" and snipping the very top will encourage the trees to "bush out" while still achieving gains in height. You can trim them in the spring, summer or fall as long as they have taken root (one full year from date planted). Trimming the tops will make the sides grow towards one another to create that desirable solid cedar hedge appearance.