Like all homeowners, you love your cedar hedges. And why wouldn’t you? They provide a long list of amazing benefits, from buffering noise and improving security to blocking unwanted views and boosting curb appeal. So, when something looks “off” with your cedars, it is only natural to worry.

If you have noticed areas of orange foliage dotted throughout your hedges, there is no need to fret. Cedars losing some of their green colour is normal—it is a natural part of the growth cycle called flagging. Read on to learn all about cedar hedge flagging and what you can do to treat it.

What is cedar hedge flagging?

All evergreens lose foliage. Just like the leaves from deciduous trees changing colour and falling off branches, it is a perfectly natural process for cedars too. Usually, in early fall, cedar tree and hedge foliage will change colour, eventually dying and dropping off in the winter months.

So, if you come across needles or discoloured foliage loss at the base of your hedges, rest assured your cedars are healthy. Cedar flagging is a normal activity that is often confused with a disease.

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What causes cedar hedge flagging?

Cedar flagging can happen for a host of reasons. Some of the factors include:

  • A lack of water
  • Hot and dry summers
  • Cold and sunny winters
  • Hot winds
  • Poor planting procedures
  • Root disturbance

What are the symptoms of cedar flagging?

Cedar hedge flagging is easy to spot. During the late summer to early fall, sections of cedar hedge foliage can turn yellow, orange, or slightly brown and slough off. Whether you have young or older cedar hedges, expect some flagging to occur each year.

How can you control cedar flagging?

Although some cedar hedge flagging is normal, you will want to try to do all that you can to minimize or prevent any unnecessary foliage loss. Fortunately, there are some easy things that you can do to keep your cedar hedges healthy and looking great all year long.

  • Be sure to keep your cedars well hydrated, especially during periods of summer drought.
  • Avoid disturbing soil and roots near your plantings.
  • Ask your cedar provider for the best planting practices to ensure healthy growth.

Spotted cedar flagging? Evergreen plants, including cedar trees and hedges shed old foliage ever year. With a little cedar maintenance care, you can help keep cedar foliage loss under control.

If you have any questions about cedar hedge flagging, contact Fraser Valley Cedars. With our many years of experience and premium Grade “A” certified cedars, we know what it takes to grow and maintain stunning cedars.

For the freshest and highest quality cedars, you can get anywhere, contact us today!

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