Skip to content

Cedar General Care

Cedar trees can grow anywhere from 6.5 feet to 130 feet tall depending on the type of tree you get. Their evergreen foliage loves full sun and they do not require any special type of soil.

Planting Cedar Trees
When planting your Cedar tree, you can plant it in any type of soil, though they do prefer acidic. Ensure that your soil is well-draining, as roots that stay moist for too long will rot. Including phosphorous-rich fertilizer is an important step to ensure that the plant will thrive in its first year.
Make sure to plant it with plenty of space away from buildings or any other structures you don’t want grown over, especially since they appreciate full sun.
Root development will be best if you plant in the fall, but spring planting is possible if it is after the last frost.

Watering Cedar Trees
Cedar trees are like camels in the way that they can go for a while without watering. A good rule of thumb, however, is to deeply water them once a week if you receive no rain. It is best to water in the late afternoon/early evening so that you don’t end up scorching the foliage.
Mulching around the tree, being careful to avoid the trunk by a few inches, will help to retain moisture and keep weeds from growing around the Cedars.

Fertilizing Cedar Trees
As mentioned before, when you plant, you will want to make sure that phosphorous-rich fertilizer is included. This will immensely help during the first year of growth. Once the first year is up, you can add a topping at the beginning of May, June, and July.

Pruning Cedar Trees
Don’t worry about pruning your Cedar trees until after the first year of growth in the ground. Early spring through late summer is the best time to prune. In the fall, it’s best not to prune since your trees will be preparing themselves for the colder weather.

Winter Care for Cedar Trees
Cedar trees are generally hardy enough to withstand the winter weather, but covering the trees will protect them from salt and from deer and rabbits.