Frequently Asked Questions

Cedars do not grow dramatically in the first season (they expel most of their energy setting up their root system in their new environment). With proper care (see watering/mulch/fertilizer) they will grow 1 ft – 1½ ft per season.

You can control the width with regular trimming and keep them quite tight or let them expand.

After the first season when your new trees are rooted, trimming the tops of the individual trees will encourage “side growth” while getting taller as well.

In approximately three seasons from planting, with proper care (see watering/mulch/fertilizer), your hedge will be quite thick and lush.

After three seasons the hedge’s root system will be well established and virtually maintenance free. Trimming once a year encourages new fresh growth and keeps the hedge thick (trimming especially helps keep growth at the base of the hedge where neglected hedges will “thin out” and become “see through”). Trimming every second year is also an established practice.

The taller trees will be relatively fuller but all cedars are individual trees that take time to groom into that solid hedge effect that is so desired.

When choosing the taller tree, you are essentially getting more initial height right from the start.

When you order a 7-8ft cedar they are a minimum height of 7ft with some of the lead stocks jutting towards 8ft.

That little bit at the top really doesn't do much for privacy right away. The main goal when planting a hedge is to mix and match the bodies of the trees to create uniformity.

We recommend planting the hedge as close to the fence as possible to encourage more growth away from the fence towards the customer’s side. Also, if you space the trees away from the fence, you will get an overgrowth of weeds in between the hedge and the fence which looks unkempt and the weeds will leach water and nutrients from the base of the hedge.

Cedars by nature will grow around any obstructions. Their roots are shallow and grow around rocks, stumps, fence posts, cement, retaining walls etc. Their roots are thick and stringy like slim rope.

When planted next to a fence the cedar's branches will slow down its growth on the inner side that touches the fence and add growth on the visible side. This doesn't hurt the fence or the trees and the customer gets the benefit of the thick growth.

No problem. Cedars can be planted free standing in most areas. When planting along a property line, I highly recommend that you dig the trench up to the property line which will place the trees on your property with the center trunk well within the property line.

Cedars can be planted any time from spring up until the ground freezes. As long as you follow the after care procedure I outline, the hedge will be healthy.

Any size cedar will grow upwards of 50 feet if you let them grow. Remember: even though they’ve been planted in a hedge row (or formation), they are evergreens and will grow accordingly.

Cedar trees grow naturally in low lying forested bush areas where mosquitoes are naturally found, this is why they are often associated with mosquitoes and other bugs. Once they are dug up and transported to your location, they will not bring the mosquitoes with them. If you live in an area that is known for mosquitoes, they may go into your hedge for shade.

We’ve delivered to Barrie, Newmarket, Peterborough, Kitchener, Cambridge, Collingwood, Wasaga Beach, Caledon, Hamilton, Waterloo, Orangeville, Midland, Gravenhurst , Bracebridge, Blue Mountain, Kawartha Lakes etc. (a small fee for travel expense may be required). The majority of our deliveries is done throughout York Region and the Greater Toronto Area.

Cedars do NOT require very much sunlight. They actually have less shock in a shady area  because the sun won’t dry out the base of the cedars. As always, Cedar mulch is required to maintain moisture at the base of the hedge. This coupled with regular watering will ensure proper rooting and growth.

We ONLY use the native “Ontario Eastern White Cedar”. Any established  hedge you see all started with the Ontario Eastern White Cedar. If you look "inside" an  established hedge, you will see the individual tree stalks all the way down  the hedge. The center of the hedge is dormant (almost dead looking) so as to  allow the outside to flourish. Nicknames for the Ontario Eastern White Cedar include "swamp cedar", "bush cedar", "scrub cedar", " field cedar", "hedging cedars" amongst many others.

Every year our trees were weeded and trimmed to encourage growth and watered regularly throughout the dry summers.

These are far superior to the wild cedars that are often the norm in the White Cedar industry.

I've been told a few ways from my past customers.

  1. Place a couple of "salt licks" about 20-50 ft from the hedge as this will draw them away.
  2. Hanging a few bars of soap throughout the hedge keeps them away.
  3. There is a product called "Scoot: Deer repellent" that I've been told works really good.

Yes, some smaller orders can be combined to make a trip cost effective, although some small orders are just too small and/or too far away to be cost effective.

Send in the inquiry form in the contact us section to see if we can service your order. It varies so we couldn't possibly list all the minimums.

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