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We typically carry Emerald, Exclesa and Brandon Cedar varieties. However we will soon be expanding to also supply the English Boxwood Hedge as well. They are in the early growing stages, so watch for them coming available in the near future.
The type of cedar trees best for you depends on a number of factors. The area you need to cover is one aspect, while also taking into consideration the width the cedars will eventually grow to be in relation to your yard. If you live on acreage with several hundred feet to hedge you may consider the Excelsa Cedar (Thuja Plicata.) It is wide and fast growing, and therefor fewer trees are needed, making it more economical. This variety is spaced much farther apart than other varieties. Alternatively, if you have a smaller or narrower yard, the Brandon or Emerald Cedar may be what you are looking for. A lot of customers purchase the Emerald Cedar (Emerald Green Arborvitae) or Brandon Cedars (Thuja occidentalis ‘Brandon’) for more urban /suburban areas, These are ideal for most backyards and along fences given the tight/narrow growing characteristics. 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 discussed with our sales associates. If this is the case please call or email us to set up a time to talk 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 and fill in at the top and down the sides, to be groomed into a privacy wall. 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 note that if cedar trees are planted in small planter boxes/containers 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, Emerald cedar hedge trees will grow at about 1 vertical foot per year, the Brandons about 1 1/2 to 2 feet, and the Execlsa 2 to 3 feet, 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 the cooler months. mid-Sept. to the end of Oct., and then again end of Feb to end of May, (before and the after winter freeze.) 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 planting can be successful if the cedar trees are dug under the right conditions (well watered soils, oversized/wire-basketed rootballs, etc) and they are watered well after planting. Container grown cedar trees can be successfully planted at any time of the year. With adequate watering in the summer months they can thrive as if it were planted in cooler months. The ultimate success of planting any cedar hedge rests with correct digging/planting techniques, as well as the care taken with 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.
Water newly planted cedars in the early morning or evening. Water at ground level, and try not to get the branches wet. (The drops will burn them in the sun.) With drip hoses, water approx. eight hours a day, or with a regular hose slowly trickle water for about an hour, at least once a week. (More if high temperatures.) The ground should be moist but not saturated. Spreading Mulch under the tree base will help retain water and keep it cooler, but don’t let the Mulch mound up against the trunk. Water well before the winter freeze.
For supply-only orders (pick up) we need to know the linear footage as well as the variety, and height of the cedar you are interested in. For delivery we also need the location for the delivery.
No, we do not do site visits. However, we can provide you with an accurate quote and advice as long as we know the linear footage you want to cover and location in the yard. If it is a tricky area, pictures sent by e-mail can usually tell us the information we need to advise you.
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 Washington and Oregon. Bringing your trees across the US border isn’t as much of a hassle as it may seem, -our customers do it all the time. We can also possibly arrange to deliver them to you. All that’s needed to take them over the boarder 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.
We don’t have a minimum on the number of trees you can purchase. If you need one or a hundred, the price will still be the same. (Minimum orders apply to Delivery orders only. -we deliver on orders of 10 trees or more.)
We currently accept Credit Cards (VI/MC/AMX), Cash, and E-transfers.
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.
Currently we do not have Emerald or Brandon Cedar trees up to 8’ tall. We do have the Excelsa Cedars up to 14' at this time.
Yes. Monday to Saturday 9-5. -However, pickups from our yard are by appointment only. (There are times when access is not possible. IE: material deliveries and other factors.) We also need to make sure that our crew will be available to assist in loading your vehicle or trailer.
No, I am sorry but we no longer install the trees. There are many Landscapers and Gardeners in the area proficient at installation.
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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