What Makes for a Good Cedar Tree Farm?

April 27th, 2024
What Makes for a Good Cedar Tree Farm?

If you are shopping for cedar shrubs or trees or hedging, and you are exploring tree farms, we can give you some hints on what to look for. Not all tree farms are created equal, and a good tree farm might mean better selection for the customer and healthier specimens. In today’s blog article, we want to talk about what makes for a good tree farm. 


A good cedar tree farm is going to have a good selection. There should be several species or cultivars to choose from and varying sizes for each type. Price points will vary with the size of your tree or shrub, but there will be even large specimens available. 

Some people want to buy big at the beginning to get a quick start to their garden, but most plants grow well here on the Lower Mainland, so don’t be afraid to buy small. You will be amazed how fast your cedar trees or shrubs will grow. 


The trees and shrubs that you see should look healthy and well taken care of. Steer clear of cedar tree farms where the trees and shrubs look wilted or brown or thirsty. The last thing you need is to buy a bunch of sick plants. While your purchases should come with some kind of guarantee, buy from tree farms that clearly take good care of their plants. 


Are their employees around who can answer questions? Is everyone pleasant? There are enough nurseries and tree farms around that you can afford to be choosy. If you have a lot of questions, you may want to call ahead and find out when is a good time to go visit or you can even make an appointment. 

In order to answer your questions, staff at the tree farm may have some questions for you about exactly what you are looking for and what function your cedar trees or shrubs will serve. For example, do you need a wind break? Privacy? Or are you looking for shade? Be prepared to answer a few questions, yourself, in order to make the best choice for your landscape. 

For new cedar hedging, give us a call on the Lower Mainland at (778) 241-5664. This is our business and area of expertise.


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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