How to Install Your Cedar Tree

The Simple 4 Step Process

Step 1 - Pick the Right Spot

The first step in planting your cedar trees is picking the right spot. Both western red cedar and emerald smaragd cedar provide unique benefits when strategically placed. First and foremost, ask yourself the following question:

  • Why am I doing this in the first place? If for privacy from them noisy neighbors dig a trench for the trees 16 inches wide and deep. If you're doing it for looks, dig holes wherever you want a tree placed. 

After you have a good idea of what you want to use it for, it's time to move onto the next step.

Step 2 - Let's Start Digging

Now that you know where you want to place them, it is time to dig the trench. Once you have gathered all your equipment, mark the area your planting the cedar trees in with spray paint or string so you stay in a straight line.

Then get to digging! Dig a trench the size of approximately 16 inches in depth and 16 inches in width. This will give the cedar plenty of room for its roots to get comfortable.

Step 3 - Choosing the Soil

Now that the trench is dug, should you plant it with new soil or existing soil? Although new topsoil is always recommended for best results, check to see if your existing soil drains well. Cedar trees prefer well-drained soil to ensure the roots get water. So if what you have is working, keep it going.

A quick and easy way to test the draining ability of the soil is to take a shovel and dig up a part of the area the trees are going in. If it's hard and compact soil, it will need to be changed. Do not forget to sprinkle bonemeal or transplant mix for the best results.

Step 4:  - Planting the Cedar

Now that we know the ground is full of nutrients, it's time to start planting. While planting, ensure rootballs are not touching. Add soil if needed to ensure rootballs are sitting level with the ground.

It is important to water right after they have been planted. After watering, step around the base of the cedar tree to ensure it stays upright. The initial watering process will loosen the soil around the base of the cedar tree and may cause the tree to lean.

Repeat this step 3-4 times after watering to ensure the soil compacts around the base of the tree.

If you have any questions, please contact us.