How Fast Do Cedar Hedges Grow?

October 22nd, 2022
How Fast Do Cedar Hedges Grow?

Some cedar hedges such as the Western Red Cedar and the Emerald Cedar are known to grow really fast. That’s why they are commonly chosen for hedges. These cedars hedges can grow between one and two feet per year. However, they will only grow at this speed provided that their needs are met. In today’s blog article, we are going to talk about what is needed for your cedar hedges to grow as fast as possible. 

The Importance of Sunlight

Your hedges need sunlight to perform photosynthesis and grow. We obviously cannot control how much sunshine we get, but fortunately we usually have sunny weather during our dry season. 

Proper Watering Techniques

Your hedges need plenty of water, especially when they are young and newly planted. You will need to water them thoroughly, at least once a week. For a rough estimate, watering by hand with the hose wide open, you should water for one minute per inch of trunk diameter, at least once a week—more if it is very hot and sunny. Fortunately, watering by hand is almost always allowed even if there are watering restrictions. 

Even when it starts raining, continue to water your hedges by hand. Do not assume that your hedges are getting enough water, just because it is drizzling outside. Unless there is a daily heavy downpour, you need to supplement the watering. Keep watering your new hedges until the ground freezes, and then resume watering in the spring when the ground is no longer freezing at night. Lack of water is the main reason why new hedges are not thriving. 

Nutrient-Rich Soil and Fertilization

All plants need nutrients including your hedges. Good quality soil provides lots of nutrients, but supplementing with a fertilizer is a good idea. Look for a fertilizer designed for trees or shrubs, and fertilize lightly in the spring and fall. 

With care and attention, your hedges will be the fastest growing ones in town. If you need new hedging, give us a call on the Lower Mainland at (778) 241-5664. 


Pacific West Cedars, based in Langley, British Columbia, farms, supplies, and installs cedar hedging on the Lower Mainland. They offer two kinds of cedars plus boxwoods: Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata), and Emerald Cedars (Thuja occidentalis “Smaragd”). They work with landscapers, contractors, and also directly with the public. 

If you have any questions about this article or would like to talk to us about cedars, we encourage you to call us at (778) 241-5664.


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