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We typically carry Emerald, Exclesa and Brandon cedar varieties. On occasion we can get other varieties through our supplier network.
The type of cedar trees you should get depends on a number of factors. Linear coverage of the area to be hedged is a big consideration. If you live on acreage and have several hundred feet to hedge you may consider planting an Excelsa Cedar (Thuja Plicata) as it is very wide and fast growing and much more cost economical. This variety does not have to be spaced as close as other kinds. You must also consider how wide the cedars will eventually grow in relation to your yard. Most customers of ours in the past have purchased the Emerald Cedar (Emerald Green Arborvitae) or Brandon cedars given the tight/narrow growing characteristics which is ideal for most backyards and along fences. They are very easy to maintain needing a trim only once per year. There may be other factors unique to your specific landscaping job best seen only in person by one of our sales associates. If this is the case please call or email us to set up a time to talk in person or over the phone to better guide you in terms of what type of cedar tree to buy.
Unless you are purchasing a very large cedar tree (10’+) it will be difficult to attain a ‘true’ instant privacy hedge from the start (assuming proper installation spacing). Most cedar hedges will require time in order to fully grow (fill in at the top and down the sides) and be groomed into a privacy wall. With that said, many newly planted cedars will form a complete privacy hedge within a few short years if properly cared and maintained for.
Naturally, larger more closely planted cedar trees will form a privacy hedge much quicker than smaller, scarcely placed cedars. The number of years to ‘fill in’ is dependent on the above as well as the maintenance program you adopt for the cedar trees. Annual top-trimming and fertilization as well as adequate watering through dry months coupled with nutrient rich, well drained soils will encourage maximum growth which will lead to a faster growing privacy hedge.
A cedar tree will grow for as long as they have available rootspace or until they are topped at a certain height. Cedar trees are known to reach heights of 20’+ when left to grow. However, most customers of ours will keep them trimmed and maintained at a lower height to keep a clean look to them. It is important to know that if cedar trees will be planted in very small planter boxes/vases or any area with substantially less soil space, they will not grow to their true size potential (ie. they may eventually become ‘rootbound’). Please keep this in mind when deciding where to plant your cedar trees.
In general, cedar hedge trees will grow at about one vertical foot per year and 4-6” in width once the roots have re-established themselves after transplanting. The first year is always the slowest for growth as your cedar trees will experience some shock (field grown, cedars mainly). They usually take one full growing season to recover and respond to a new environment. However, if you are purchasing a container-grown cedar tree there is little to no shock when transplanting them as the roots aren’t “cut” out of the ground.
The best time of year to plant cedar trees is generally cooler months (September to May). In general, digging during this time will usually inflict the least amount of shock to the cedar trees creating a higher success rate. When the soil is moist, trees come out of the ground with tight, compact rootballs necessary for transport. However, summer plantings can be successful too if the cedar trees are dug under the right conditions (well watered soils, oversized/wire-basketed rootballs, etc) and they are watered real well after planting. On the other hand, container grown cedar trees can be successfully planted at any time of the year. With adequate watering in the summer months it can thrive as if it were planted in cooler months. The ultimate success of planting any cedar hedge rests with correctly digging/planting them and caring for them afterwards.
An improperly planted cedar hedge can lead to stress and/or premature death. It is critical that it be done right from the start. We do provide general advice on how to plant your cedars properly so that the cedar trees take root and grow well.
No. We never quote a tree size with the rootball. All sizes we advertise are from the base of the stalk of the cedar tree to the top. In other words, if you purchase a 6’ cedar tree from us it will be 6’ high once installed in the ground.
For supply-only orders we need to know the linear footage as well as the location for the delivery (if applicable).
This is not usually required. We can provide you with an accurate quote as long as we know the linear footage you want to cover and the delivery location. If you would like someone from our crew to visit your site please call our office and book an appointment.
Deliveries usually take place Monday to Saturday between the hours of 8:30am and 5pm. We can arrange to deliver outside of these times at your request by calling our office to make a delivery appointment.
Yes! We have many customers in Bellingham, WA, Seattle, WA and other cities in Washington and Oregon. Bringing your trees across the US border isn’t as much of a hassle as it may seem as our customers do it all the time. We can also arrange to deliver them for you. All that’s needed is a phytosanitary certificate obtained through the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (we apply for this), which needs to be provided upon entry into the US.
At this time we don’t have any minimums on the number of trees you purchase.
We currently accept credit cards (Visa/MC), cash, e-transfers, cheques and money orders.
Our general service area is the entire GVRD and Fraser Valley. By request we can service areas outside of this. If you would like a quote for another area please call our office at 604-217-2886. We are also able to have cedar trees shipped to other areas of Canada
Currently we only have cedar trees up to 8’ tall.
Yes. However, pickups from our yard are by appointment only. There are times when access is not possible (ie. material deliveries and other factors). Also, we need to make sure that our crew will be around to assist in loading your vehicle or trailer.
Yes. Please get in touch with our office so that we can provide you with a quote.
We require our customers to provide a signature (Delivery Receipt Form) which confirms the exact quantity of cedar trees delivered to your site
Delivery is typically ‘curbside’ or right beside the truck. Because moving the trees can require a lot of extra time and labour we bill hourly for this type of work.
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