Facts About Cedar Shrubs
Cedar shrubs can be used to border windows in a group or they can be planted as one attractive plant. They can be used as hedges and pruned into any shape and this depends on your own personal tastes. The colors on the cedar shrubs vary. This evergreen plant can be deep green, blue or yellow and they are needle leaved.
The cedar shrub can grow up to 30 feet in height if you do not prune it. It has pointed top foliage and the branches of the plant fall down in a pyramid shape. But most people use cedar shrubs for a hedging type of pant. By planting more than a few of these in a row, you can have a very attractive privacy option that does not include building a fence. It is easy to grow and take care of cedar shrubs but there are a few things to consider before purchasing this particular plant.
This plant is considered to be highly invasive. This means that it can either take over or rob surrounding plants of water and nutrients or it can grow beyond the boundaries you have made for the plant. So you should give this plant a lot of room to grow and bush out. When most types of shrubbery begin to grow, they seem scarce and unhealthy. The branches may hang with little foliage or leaves that are visibly present. You have to be patient and let the plant reach maturity before trying to correct the problem. When you purchase your cedar shrubs, make sure you know how much the particular plant bushes out. It is usually 12 to 16 inches. Plant according to the recommended instructions to avoid overcrowding and if a cedar shrub becomes invasive you can completely remove the offending shrub. Always place the plant a full three feet away from your home or a sidewalk.
To plant this shrub, you will need to dig down a full 15 inches and place the younger plant in the trench. Make sure to remove all of the smaller pebbles or rocks that can cut or damage the roots. This plant likes heavily acidic soil, so you might want to add fertilizers to the soil before you plant. Cover the young plant with the soil and pat down the dirt around the bottom of the plant. Make sure all of the roots are completely covered.
This plant loves wet moist soil but when it is younger you should keep a close eye on water accumulating under the plant. The root system can become damaged by excess water, so you can dig a small trench around the base of every shrub. Make the trench at least 6 inches away form the base of the plant and dig a small circle out around the plant. It should be around 6 inches deep. You can fully water the plant by adding it to the trench instead of under the shrub. When they plant begins to grow and the roots take hold you will no longer have to worry about root rot.
You should wait a year before you attempt to prune the plants. This will allow the plant time to fully grow in and you will be able to clearly see how you would like your cedar shrubs to be shaped. You can lightly trim the top of the plant around 6 inches at a time and this will encourage the plant to grow in thicker. This also works on the sides of the plant. If you choose to let your cedar shrub get a bit big, you should trim them into a narrower shape at the top of the shrub and a fuller shape on the bottom.