The roots of a tree continue to grow and enlarge as the tree matures. Depending on the tree’s location, as in this photo, this cedar tree roots can be a nuisance when cutting grass and unsightly when protruding above the ground.
A Cedar tree’s growth generally retains the latest shape created … but a new trimming can bring back the design shape you like.
Cedar trees can be formed into many shapes. This is an easy DIY project!
When one is pruning cedars, some prefer to cut the bottom wider than the top to allow sunlight to the lower branches … more of a Christmas tree or cone shape. Cedars are flexible and as shown in the picture above as cedars are trimmed in more of a column shape.
Trimming cedar trees or hedge can be done most any time of the year. The best time is after spring’s 6-8 week cedar leaf growth period.
Cedar Pruning Caution: Start out slowly and trim a little at a time until your shape starts to develop. Cutting to deeply into the cedar you will run into the interior branches that have little or no foliage … then you end with a hole in you shape .. not so good!
Tools need are a sharp pair of hand shears for smaller trees … some smaller cedar hedges can be done with shears but with larger cedar hedges one needs an electric or gas shears.
If you have large and tall cedar hedges consider using an arborist as there is some danger and/or skill involved.
Advantages to regular annual pruning is that it keeps the cedar’s shape you want. Regular trimming maintains your cedar’s size and the garden area they take up.
Landscape design idea: Using Cedar tree in combination with Cedar Wood planter on porch – planters will naturally grey unless stained. Best have a plastic liner or drop in tray to maintain cedar boxes.