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Cedar Hedge

Cedar hedge planting and trimming services Blainville, North Shore

Would you like to create a quiet and intimate outdoor space for your family? Cedar hedges are a popular choice for providing a natural border between neighbouring yards. The colour and foliage of your cedar hedge will be determined by the variety of cedar that you choose; therefore, it is best to select a plant whose characteristics blend well with the rest of your landscaping. Installing a cedar hedge requires an analysis and preparation of the soil in order to guarantee that it will flourish over time. Moreover, having a well-maintained cedar hedge will add to the value of your property, and is therefore an excellent investment for your own enjoyment and future profit. The planting and trimming services provided by our team of professionals will guarantee you an excellent result!

Planting a cedar hedge of the right height, colour and hardiness

Before installing a cedar hedge, it is important to select a variety which answers your specific needs, and which will provide the look that you are hoping to achieve in your space. There are several varieties to choose from: Thuya occidentalis, Fastigiata (9m), Nigra (8m), Smaragd (4m) Brandon (4m) or Techni (4m)… The height of the mature hedge will determine the time and cost of annual maintenance on your hedge. Each variety has its own unique tint of foliage (from pale to deepest green), which will meld with the other colours and textures in your yard. Moreover, each species has its own preferred climate for optimal growth. This is called the hardiness zone. In Laval, Blaiville, Lorraine, Sainte-Therese, Boisbriand, Saint-Eustache, Rosemere and the neighbouring regions of the north shore, the hardiness zones vary from 4b to 5b. We would be happy to offer you the best options for your project, based on the climate, as well as your desired height, colour and texture.

Preparing the soil before planting a cedar hedge

Before planting a cedar hedge, it is important to identify the type of soil. Clay-based soils are rich in nutrients; however, they do not drain well, thereby increasing the risk of fungal disease. Clay-based soils may also be dry and difficult to moisten, causing the hedge to turn yellow. Conversely soil which is too sandy and nutrient-poor will drain too easily, another risk for dehydration and yellowing.

Each type of soil can be optimized for planting with by adding a specific blend of organic matter such as black soil, bonemeal and/or compost. Note: many nurseries sell bags which mention '' black soil '', although they are actually peat from peat bogs. This substrate is not soil; it is an agglomerate of acid fibers free of organic nutrients and will not have the same benefits for your new hedge. It is preferable to incorporate true black soil or better still a quality compost.

To prevent the roots from winding up and suffocating in the planting hole, it is important to mix the soil with the compost. This permits the roots of your cedar hedge to migrate from the planting mound to the compost-soil mixture, and to gradually integrate with the undisturbed soil of your land.

The planting hole should be one and a half times the depth of the root ball and twice the width of the potted clod in order to allow space for the roots and adequate drainage. Using a tiller will greatly facilitate the work. The collar of the cedar plant should be positioned level to or about half an inch (1.5 cm) lower than the surrounding soil to allow a slight accumulation of rainwater. This collar should not be buried to prevent the development of rot. When unloading, it is best to unroll the pile of roots at the edge of the pots to facilitate the spread of roots in the soil. Ensure that the soil in the planting hole is well-watered before placing your cedar hedges . Your expert will suggest tips for easy periodic watering, such as a drip hose. Watering is particularly important in the first year.

Cedar hedges: a winning investment

For many homeowners landscaping expenses are an investment with great returns. Not only do they allow you to make the most of your property while you are in it; some real estate brokers estimate that attractive landscaping can increase the value of the property by up to 20%. Moreover, there are tax deductions for annual lawn and cedar hedges maintenance expenses for people aged 65 and over.