How to Care For Cedar Trees in the Winter

Overview

Cedar trees, which are native to the Himalayas, are evergreen trees that are highly valued for their fragrance and beauty. There are three main types of cedar trees: the Lebanon cedar, the Mount Atlas cedar and the Deodar cedar. Cedar trees can grow to a height of 40 feet and a width of 15 or more feet. Cedars belong to the pine family, and require the same type of care to prepare them for the winter season.

Step 1

Use a pick to create holes in the ground around the cedar tree. The holes do not have to be in any certain pattern, but should be made 2 feet from the trunk of the tree. Complete this process in late fall, before the first frost occurs.

Step 2

Water the tree, focusing on the holes you created. Run the water for about 10 to 15 minutes to make sure the water reaches the tree's roots.

Step 3

Apply a 6- to 10-inch-thick layer of mulch around the base of the tree and up onto the visible portion of the tree trunk. The mulch will act as insulation for the roots, and can easily be removed in the spring.

Tips and Warnings

  • Don't wrap the cedar tree in burlap. This common practice causes more damage than good; the wrapping process can easily break and bend the branches. Cedar trees are evergreens, and as such are fully capable of withstanding winter weather conditions.

Things You'll Need

  • Pick
  • Water
  • Water hose
  • Mulch

References

  • Gurneys: Winter Tree Care
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Jason M. Bruner is a freelance writer who has been in the field for more than five years. His content has been previously published on sites such as eHow.