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Planting And Maintaining Eastern Red Cedar Trees

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From added curb appeal and home value to shade that makes your home more energy efficient, the benefits of planting trees in your yard are easy to see. Of course, finding the best trees for your landscape design can be challenging due to the numerous options available. Thankfully, planting one or more Eastern Red Cedar trees will ensure your landscape design is equitable. Using this guide, you will learn how to plant and maintain the Eastern Red Cedar tree.


Before you install the tree in your yard, you must find an area of your landscape suited to this massive tree. First of all, the tree thrives in full sun, so opt for an area that receives mostly sun during the day.

Since certain species of the Eastern Red Cedar tree can grow to heights of up to 35 feet, make sure to plant it away from any power lines or other outdoor structures. The width of many of these trees can also be massive, reaching a spread of 20 feet. Because of this size, avoid planting the tree too close to your home or other trees.

Many homeowners plant multiple Eastern Red Cedar trees in a line to create a privacy wall in their yard. If you are hoping to create a privacy fence, make sure to leave a few feet of space between each tree. This will allow the trees to grow closer in a manner to create a privacy fence, but not too close that the trees will harm one another during growth.

Dig a hole a few times the size of the tree's root ball. Remove the tree from the nursery container or bag and massage the root ball with your hands. This will loosen the soil and prepare it for a successful installation.

Once in the hole, add more soil, packing it in tightly around the roots and tree base. Water the tree hourly after planting.


One of the greatest benefits of an Eastern Red Cedar tree is that they are so durable and easy to maintain. Resistant to drought and deer and capable of surviving in most types of soil, the tree is a favorite for many homeowners.

Unfortunately, the tree is susceptible to some pests. If you notice yellowing or decaying of foliage and branches or areas of foliage that are missing, aphids may be attacking the tree. Trimming off these damaged areas immediately is best for saving the tree. Treating the tree with an insecticide may also be necessary if the problem occurs each year.

With proper design and maintenance, trees can add a great deal of appeal and value to your home. Using this guide and the help of a tree specialist, such as from Phoenix Tree Service, you can improve your home's landscape design with one or more Eastern Red Cedar trees.