- How to Care For Cedar Trees in the Winter
- Where Do Red Cedar Trees Grow?
- Are Cedar Trees Poisonous to Dogs?
- Are the Roots of a Cedar Tree Deep?
- Ornamental Cedar Trees
- The Best Wood to Use for Planters
- What Do You Call the Leaves on Cedar Trees?
- How to Weather a Piece of Cedar Wood
- How to Plant an Eastern Red Cedar Tree
- Where Can You Buy a 3 Gallon Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar Tree?
- Why Is My Cedar Tree Dying?
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.
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.
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.
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.
The eastern red cedar tree, Juniperus virginiana, grows best in USDA hardiness zones 2 through 9, an area that encompasses nearly all of the U.S. aside from the extreme southern tips of Florida and Texas, plus a section of southeastern California.
The red cedar grows to a height of between 40 and 50 feet with a canopy spread of 8 to 20 feet. It appreciates full sunshine and achieves its best growth potential in a variety of well-drained soils, including acidic, alkaline, sand and clay, reports the Arbor Day Foundation.
The University of Minnesota Extension service indicates that red cedar should not be planted near orchards due to the possibility of the orchard developing the disorder known as apple rust.
South & West
Southern red cedar, Juniperus silicicola, grows from Coastal North Carolina through northern Florida and across the Gulf Coast to Texas. Western red cedar grows from Alaska to Northern California and through the Rocky Mountains.
The white cedar contains chemicals known as meliatoxins. Certain parts of the tree are more toxic than others. The berries are the most poisonous but the bark, flowers and leaves contain toxins as well.
Symptoms associated with ingestion of the white cedar tree include excessive salivation, depression, diarrhea and vomiting. Dogs can also exhibit neurological symptoms such as weakness, seizures and even death. Dogs that ingest white cedar tree berries, bark, flowers or leaves should be taken immediately to a veterinarian, even before symptoms are present, for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Always monitor your dog while he is outside if you have white cedar trees in your yard, especially in the fall when berries and leaves begin to drop to the ground. Puppies are usually more curious than older dogs and should be watched closely. Removal of poisonous trees and plants in your yard is the best guard against accidental ingestion.
Depending on the type of cedar tree, the probable root depth is less than 2 meters in mature trees. Other influences affect cedar tree rooting habit and depth including soil moisture and overall soil suitability.
Sun, Soil and Exposure
In order to thrive, ornamental cedar trees require full sun, and will take longer to establish a root system and grow in partial shade. Cedar trees prefer moist and well-drained soil, but can tolerate clay-like and sandy soils. The only thing to consider when planting ornamental cedar trees is to keep them out of the wind.
To help a young cedar tree establish its ornamental presence in your landscape, place it in a hole about six to eight inches deep, taking care not to disturb the cedar tree's root system. When filling the hole, compact the soil on top of the plant, and thoroughly soak with water. Help you ornamental cedar tree establish its roots by regularly watering it in the first growing season.
To produce an ornamental, landscaped look with cedar trees, plant them at least five feet apart from each other to prevent the cedar trees' roots from getting in each other's space. Be sure to plant ornamental cedar trees a minimum of three feet away from a water souce like a pond or river, to prevent overwatering.
The ornamental leaves and bark of cedar trees are very tempting to wildlife like deer and rabbits, so protect the ornamental look of your young cedar tree from harm by surrounding it with chicken wire until it is big enough to fend for itself.
Pruning a cedar tree can reduce it's naturally ornamental shape, but if your cedar tree is too large to be attractive, prune it in the spring (before new growth) so it does not significantly diminish the ornamental quality of this evergreen.
Garden planters constructed of rot-resistant woods such as teak, redwood, cedar, or cypress are more resistant to deterioration from the elements. Because they are so weather-resistant, redwood, cedar and teak planters are often left untreated or unpainted.
Cedar trees do not have leaves, rather their foliage are their needles. Cedar trees, like the blue atlas cedar, have narrow, spiral-shaped blue to silver needles that are thicker than other cedar varieties.
Run all the surfaces of the wood with a wire brush to remove the wood’s outer layers and to give the wood a scratched appearance.
Sand down the edges of the wood with 220-grit sandpaper to make them look worn.
Break up the steel wool pad with your hands into small fibers.
Combine one cup of vinegar with a ground up steel wool pad. Leave the solution overnight to dissolve the steel wool pad's surfactant into the vinegar.
Paint the solution onto the cedar wood using a sponge brush. Set the wood out in the sun to dry.
Choose a planting site that gets full sun.
Dig up the planting area to a depth of 12 inches, turning the soil as you dig and crushing any large clumps of soil. Remove any rocks or other debris.
Add a 4-inch layer of coarse sand to the soil and mix well with the gardening fork.
Dig a hole the same depth and twice the width of the pot the Eastern red cedar came in. Gently tip the tree out of the pot and place roots in the bottom of the hole.
Fill the hole halfway with soil. Using your shovel or your feet, tamp down on the soil in the hole to remove air pockets. Finish filling the hole with soil and tamp the soil again around the base of the tree.
Construct a watering ring around the tree by mounding soil 2 inches high and 8 inches wide to form a circle 2 feet out from the tree.
Fill the watering ring with water. Keep the soil around the tree consistently moist while getting established.
Look for Weeping Blue Atlas cedar trees at local garden centers or online nurseries. Waynesboro Nurseries sells 3-gallon Weeping Blue Atlas cedar trees on its website. Shourd’s Wholesale Nursery sells 5-gallon Weeping Blue Atlas cedar trees on its website, and Payne Nursery sells 7-gallon Weeping Blue Atlas cedar trees on its site.
Cedar trees may die due to lack of water, sunlight or infection. Cedar trees need direct sunlight, so cut back or remove any light blocking growth or vegetation. Water the tree regularly and deeply, 1- to 3-inches per week during the summer months. A well watered and well-lit tree fights off disease and pests.
Inspect your tree for bark damage, especially near the root collar. The root collar is the area between the roots and the trunk. Lawn mowers and lawn equipment can damage the bark in this sensitive area allowing moisture and insects to infect and rot the tree. Protect this area by placing mulch around undamaged trees or fencing around damaged trees.
Needle blight, nematodes, rust and bark beetles are all common diseases found on and in cedar trees. If your tree is infected, you should contact a licensed arborist who will remove dead limbs, diagnose the problem and provide treatment.