MAINTENANCE - AFTER CARE PROCEDURES
To maintain your warranty
Cedars need lots of water. It's almost impossible to over water 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 it's equal and gentle watering methods. This will prevent unnecessary erosion of the freshly placed soil.
Cedars should receive extra watering during dry summers and several heavy waterings until freeze up in the fall, if the autumn has been dry. The right amount of water is the amount that keeps the soil moist at all times to ensure the trees do not get distressed. When watering in the summer heat, it's best to water in the evening as not to scorch the tree's foliage and to keep evaporation to a minimum. Watering in the Fall before the ground freezes enables the roots to "bulk-up" before going into Winter, ensuring that they will be strong and healthy entering Spring. Lack of 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. For warranty purposes, use bone meal or Miracle Gro for shrubs only as it 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 their winter dormancy.
Cedar mulch at the base of the hedge provides three relatively inexpensive benefits.
- It provides an excellent barrier against weeds, which are not only unattractive, but also vie for water and nutrients intended for the roots of the cedars. When weeds get too abundant, they will cause the base of the hedge to "thin-out" thus loosing that solid dense look that is so desired.
- Cedar mulch provides excellent water retention which will maximize all watering, fertilizing and rainfall.
- Cedar mulch is aesthetically pleasing as it "dresses-up" the base of the hedge to give it a "maintained" or "finished" look which accents well with stonework, decking, gardens and lawns.
Do not trim your hedge for one full year, for warranty reasons as well as the general health of your cedar trees. Cedars have very shallow surface roots so the ground surface should not be cultivated. Weeds are best cut off rather than pulled. Mulch helps minimize 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 hedge appearance.
If you have any questions whatsoever, don't hesitate to contact us. Thank you for choosing The Cedar Guys!