When should I plant Western Red Cedar hedging?
The best time to plant your Western Red Cedar hedging is any time from early spring through to early autumn, providing the ground is not frozen and the plants are given plenty of water.
How far apart do you plant Western Red Cedar plants?
Depending on how quickly you want a dense hedge, plant at 60-100cm apart. It's good to bear in mind, we recommend at least 3 per metre for smaller plants that are only 40-60cm when purchased.
How to plant your Western Red Cedar:
To get the best out of your Western Red Cedar hedging, ensure to plant during cool temperatures/weather. You will need to amend the planting area with a layer of compost, ensuring you place around a 3-inch later. Work the compost into the soil to about 12 inches down.
Dig a trench/hole that's the same depth as the root mass, but twice as wide. Set the plant into the hole, sitting it upright and straight.
For root ball plants, untie the ropes/string around the root ball covering, but do not fully remove the covering as it will decompose in the soil over the time, and helps to hold the roots together. After this, backfill the hole with soil and press down lightly to secure the plant.
Make sure the hedge is watered at least once/twice a week, depending on the warmth when planted. Newly planted plants are not able to take up water effectively for many months, making them highly vulnerable to drought stress (hence watering is so important).