Cedar hedge

(Question)

I planted a cedar hedge about five weeks ago (early June).  In the past two weeks the leaves are turning brown and falling off.  I have carefully inspected for bugs– seems to be nothing.  I have noticed that the trees have many tiny new shoots coming from the trunk as well as at beginning of the branches (by the main trunk).

Should I have any hope that they are ok?

I asked at a garden centre and they said the trees could be going through transplant shock, is this what is happening?  I am just not sure.

Do I cut the branches that have lost their leaves off ?

(Answer)

The garden centre may very well be correct in their assessment of your cedar hedge – it sounds very like transplant shock is turning some of the needles brown.  Below, I have outlined a few things you can do in order to help minimise this and help your trees settle into their new environment:

*   Water deeply every couple of days, especially when the temperatures are high over the next number of weeks.  Continue to do this right up until freeze up in the late fall.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             *   Topdress around the base of each plant with well rotted compost or sheep manre.

*   Spread a 1-2 inch layer of mulch over the soil in order to help with moisture retention, keep roots shaded and suppress weeds.

*   If you have not already done so, it might be wise to feed these plants with a root boosting fertilizer, something with a 5-15-5 formulation.

I am including a link, see below, to a previously posed question to us, which is similar to yours.

https://www.torontomastergardeners.ca/askagardener/pruning-a-cedar-hedge/