Planning Out Your New Cedar Hedge for your Lower Mainland Home.

January 22nd, 2024
Planning Out Your New Cedar Hedge for your Lower Mainland Home.

Planning out your new cedar hedge for your Lower Mainland Home should be a lot of fun. There are some considerations you should keep in mind, though. In today’s blog article, we are going to address some of the key points when planning your new cedar hedge. 


First consider the location. Do you want it, for example, at the edge of the property line or slightly within the property line. For example, if you put the hedge right on the property line or against a shared fence, then it can be difficult to trim the other side. If you keep you hedge on your property, that makes it easier to prune. 

Do not put the hedges to close to the house. They may start small, but hedges grow fast and tall. You will not want the hedge to touch your house or be close enough to the roof to allow critters to jump onto the roof. Any large plants growing too close to a house are a big mistake: pretty now, but disaster later. 


Measure how long of an expanse you want to cover. If you hire professionals, they will measure for you. Then you have to decide how far apart to plant them. You will want them closer together for privacy and if the hedge will be acting like a fence. Also, the more closely planted hedge is a better windbreak if you are planting on a north side. 

Just remember that the roots need room to grow and breathe. Planting them too close is not healthy for the hedge. And do no forget that some cedars are larger plants than other and have different spacing requirements. 


Prepare to plant when the weather is warm, and prepare, also, to water your new hedges a lot. Make sure you will have time to do this. You will want your hedges well established before greeting their first wint.


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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