Choose a cedar tree

Choose a cedar tree

You can notice that there is an impressive quantity and quality grades of cedar trees on the market.
When the time come to make a choice among all those coniferous varieties, it is normal to feel a little bit overwhelmed.
Even though the look one is aiming for by choosing a certain type of cedar tree is a personal choice, it is all related to the budget.

The more expensive your cedar tree is going to be, the faster your hedge will look perfect and uniform. On the other hand, if you decide to go with a cedar tree with a lower price tag, your hedge might take a few years to look full and strong. It will all depend on the maintenance. At the end of the day, the extra money you are paying on a more expensive cedar thee will cover for the salary of the workers who nurtured it over the years (trimming, fertilizing, weed control and treatments against diseases or rotten).When you decide to go with a more primitive cedar tree and put on a good maintenance, it will eventually become as luxuriant and thriving as any beautiful cedar you could have chosen to buy. It’s only a matter of time.

Pretty and cheap
On our market, it is possible to find pretty little cedar trees at a discount price.
Many big retail chains will get their cedar trees from British Columbia. Since the weather is more forgiving in that region, it is possible to produce a cedar tree a lot faster. To grow a 6 feet tall cedar tree in British Columbia will take an average of 3 to 4 years when it will take 6 to 7 years to grow here in Quebec. On top of that, as many foreigners are hired on a low salary to work on the fields, the final cost of the trees is definitely lower.

Be aware!
It may all seem very attractive when you are planning on a landscaping project, but here is the issue. Remember we talked about more forgiving weather? Well, here in Eastern Canada, this is not the case. After spending a few days being transported, the cedar trees find themselves surrounded by fresh air under our beautiful spring sun in some garden center. The spend the summer being meticulously watered by their new owners and they thrive. It’s when the temperature starts dropping that it becomes difficult. These trees never saw winters as rigorous as ours back home. The following spring, you will notice that about 50% of the trees have not survived the winter and the warranty offered by the store has expired. You now have to pay again, to replace all the dead cedar trees and in the end, it will be more expensive than buying local grown trees from the start. And you will probably find yourself wondering if the 50% remaining will survive the next winter…