Hot summer months, with little rain or watering can take a toll on your cedars, especially if they are older.

You may find yourself with bare, dead branches and plenty of dead needles at the base of your tree. Keeping your cedars well watered will not only keep them healthy in the warm, dryer seasons but will also reduce the risk of fires. Although backyard “wild fires” are not common, manmade fires from barbeques, fire pits or a cigarette butt have been reported.

Think smart! Don’t park your barbeque or fire pit close to your cedar hedging and make sure you dispose of cigarettes properly. Use your common sense and take advantage of your watering days to water your cedars!