Landscaping with cedars

(Question)

Hello,
I plan to plant a few cedars in my frontyard and would like some advise.
a) Do I plant the cedars now or in spring
b) 2 or 3 different types cedars suggested, that compliment each other in height & spread, so they look great together. I prefer the tall growing cedar to be narrow in the base and the overall width of the combination to be a maximum of 2 meters

(Answer)

A good time to plant cedars would be in the Fall but you don’t want to leave it much longer because the trees will not have enough time to establish themselves in the ground before the first winter frosts. You would be advised to wrap your young trees with burlap so that they do not suffer from winter burn. Remember that cedars can grow to great heights so do not place them too close together.

When planting:

– Dig a hole twice the diameter of the root ball and to the depth of the root ball
– Back fill the bottom with the garden soil mixed with triple mix
– Stand your cedars upright in the hole before piling the remainder of the soil/triple mix on their roots
– Once the cedars are in place, step firmly on the soil as you plant, making firm contact between the soil and the roots of the new trees
– Water thoroughly and continue to water your cedars until freeze up. They will overwinter better with lots of moisture at the roots.

-Mulch around the base of your new plants but keep the mulch away from the trunks

 

Good choices would be:

Emerald Cedar (Thuja occidentalis ‘Smaragd’)  Height: 10-20′   Spread: 36-48″

Brandon Cedar (Thuja occidentalis ‘Brandon’)   Height: 10-20′     Spread: 36-48″

Skybound Cedar (Thuja occidentalis ‘Skybound’)   Height: 10-20′   Spread: 36-48″

Little Giant Cedar (Thuja occidentalis ‘Little Giant’)     Height: 36-48″   Spread: 36-48″

Globe Cedar (Thuja occidentalis ‘Woodwardii’)     Height: 5-10′ Spread: 5-10′

Needless to say a lot will depend on what is available right now at your local garden centre or nursery. If you go to a reputable nursery,  they will be able to advise you as to what varieties do well in Southern Ontario.

For further reading go to:

http://www.torontomastergardeners.ca/gardeningguides/evergreens-suitable-for-hedging-a-toronto-master-gardeners-guide/

http://www.garden.org/plantguide/?q=show&id=3351