How to Ensure a Healthy, Green, Cedar Hedge

Woodsey14 By Woodsey14, 28th Jul 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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How to ensure that your cedar hedge looks it's best

Cedar Hedging

A well pruned, healthy cedar hedge is an attractive way to define your property border. Here are a few tips for ensuring that your cedar hedge looks it's best.


One of the main indicators of a cedar hedge that is in trouble is a yellowing of the needles. More than likely this is due to the trees needing more food. A high nitrogen, slow release fertilizer is the solution to this. Spread about a handful of fertilizer around the dripline of each hedging tree in early spring, and again in early fall. If your sping is a bit cooler and you want to give the trees a real boost, you might also consider a late spring application. Typically, the nitrogen content (usually the first number on fertilizer packaging) on the fertilizer I use is 18. You'll know that the fertilizer is working if your trees begin sprouting bright green new growth.


If you own a cedar hedge, then pruning is a necessity. The best times to prune are in early spring, just before the new growth starts. Some basic tips include, pruning lightly rather than heavily, ensuring that the base of your hedge is wider than the top, and trying to keep the top of your hedge a bit rounded.
One other tip is to clip new leaders at the top of your hedge quite early in order to encourage bushy growth.


Cedars are somewhat thirsty trees. In the heat of summer be sure that you have provided adequate water for them. They are heat resistant, however, if they go through a bit of a drought, you may end up with some unattractive cones forming on the exterior of your hedge.

Final Thoughts

I wrote this simply because I couldn't find a consolidated source for this information anywhere online. The information here is a compilation of what I have gleaned from talking to various landscapers and nursery owners. I hope you find this useful!


Cedar, Emerald Cedar, Fertilization, Fertilizer, Fertilizer Application, Hedge, Nitrogen, Pruning, Pyramid Cedar, Western Red Cedar

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