We don’t normally do a site visit as we receive 30-50 e-mails per day and couldn’t possibly do a site visit for each one. Most situations of concern (other trees, location, obstructions etc.) can be resolved with a couple of pictures. In order for us to quote you please include an exact accurate measurement as well as the height of tree you’re interested in. Contact us through our online system to supply us with your site details etc.
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.
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.
We dig a trench (1’ wide, 1’ deep) and put a mix of soil (sheep manure) and fertilizer (blood meal) in the bottom of the trench. We then plant each cedar as close as possible to each other (“root ball to root ball”) placing the best side of the cedar facing towards the customer. This makes for a nice tight hedge.
The number of trees needed depends on the length of area to be covered and the height of tree you choose (see pricing chart).
Spacing the trees apart makes for a thin sparse hedge that will take many extra seasons to try to thicken up. This would not be a Cedar Guys hedge as we only plant our trees root ball to root ball.
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 we 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.
Yes. The Cedar Guys give a one year written warranty. You follow my instructions (see watering/fertilizing/mulch) and your hedge will thrive. No matter when we plant we’ll guarantee the trees will survive through winter right back to the month they were planted. If a tree does not take root (it will be crispy copper coloured, top to bottom), we’ll cheerfully replace it at no charge, of course.
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. Remember: if The Cedar Guys plant your hedge, it is under a full year warranty!
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 done work from Barrie, Georgina, 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, e-mail through contact form for details). The majority of our work 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 couples 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.
NO. The Cedar Guys dig our own trees from our many suppliers. We dig up only the best trees to allow the others to fill out and only pay for what we dig. Other companies will buy entire fields and dig every scrappy tree they can. This is when you’ll see bad cedar specimens in some hedges.
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’s 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.
In a few years, with proper care, you will have a full thick, dense hedge that will be unrecognizable from the first season that it was planted and you will be able to shape and trim it as you please. So “Don’t get fenced in… Go natural!