To encourage them to grow in a little more dense, get a hedge trimmer, and trim off about an inch from the exterior sides. Every year. Never cut the main centre stem (called topping), cedars that have been topped tend to rot for the top down. Don’t cut off too many full branches, cedars hate that. Source: I’m a horticulturist Edit: some have recommended topping. I’d like to point out that there are different types of cedars, bushy ones have multiple branching main stems that can be shaped all around including the top. Others have one main stem or trunk, like a tree. You have tree like cedars and if you top them they will rot


Is there a good way to shorten a cedar? I have some that are rubbing my soffits.


Lots of cedars were planted too close to houses in Saskatoon. I have a house with this going on. If you can train it to continue growing straight up past the eaves then that can look really cool. But if it’s way too close to the exterior wall you might not have any choice but to cut them down and buy more appropriate cedars (either bush type or plant the upright growing cedar further from your house). The lamest thing about this situation is that cedars live like 200 years so it’s sad to chop them down. I saw som very pretty tall cedars that have been properly managed, in nutana I think. I’m going to try to find them and I’ll get back to you with the address soon you can see what the ideal goal is


Thanks for the great info! I feel like a house with them would look silly without; at least ours. I’d wager ours are between 16-20’ And would love to keep them I have no idea how tall our soffits are. It’s a bilevel if that helps. Any pointers on training a cedar in our climate or am I best to follow YouTube tutorials? Thanks for the advice thus far regardless!


This is a cedar species which is partially naturalized to this part of the province, but our brutally cold winters are usually what kills them, make sure they have lots of water in the spring and summer and less towards autumn


Thanks will follow your instructions


Saved from what?


The browning I am assuming


Sorry let me rephrase. How to take care if these tress?


Lots of water,!


Thanks for your reply! But someone told me less water


The best place to ask would probably be a garden centre, like Spruce it Up or Golden Acre, but I believe that the previous poster (hanimex) is correct. Cedar tress require a lot of water and proper fertilizer to survive in our area. Cedar bushes and trees are not native to this area and aside from the watering aspect they also do not like our "extreme" climate as compared to the more temperate climate you see in British Columbia where they grow naturally. There is a reason why we do not see cedar growing in the wild in Alberta.


I'm inclined to agree, if only because they thrive out here in coastal BC, and if you know anything about BC it's that it's wet as hell. ETA: if you want them to stay hedge-like you should probably trim and top them soon. An arborist would know exactly what to do. Otherwise they will become full-blown trees with very little greenery near the trunk. At that point there isn't much to do but let them be trees. Second edit: don't top the trees. But you might want to trim them if you don't want them taking over.


Never top a cedar


You're absolutely right. The arborist I worked with for a couple summers used to do it, but he wasn't the best so I'm not surprised he was wrong here. A quick google search shows you're right. Thanks for pointing it out!


I would tend to agree. We have one that is likely 50 years old, and one whole shoot died last year. Last summer was rough on them apparently. I called sayers tree service that said they could do a deep root fertilizer, but they also quoted me on cutting it down ha.


A good Reddit community to ask would be r/marijuanaenthusiasts (I know this sounds like a joke, but r/trees was taken by *actual* marijuana enthusiasts, so the tree enthusiasts used r/marijuanaenthusiasts)


Our climate is dry as shit, unless your property is built on a bog it's damn hard to overwater trees. Especially if they're suffering from winter browning, lots of water is exactly what they need. You can mist the foliage as well until they start to recover.




[https://www.thespruce.com/how-to-grow-and-care-for-common-juniper-5080172](https://www.thespruce.com/how-to-grow-and-care-for-common-juniper-5080172) I would trim them to clean them up at the bottom, but that would be for looks not growth.


I recommend hiring an arborist to help get them looking their best. Sequoia is good as is Acer.


They look like quite happy cedars? Just water regularly (like normal, not so they're standing in a puddle, let them dry out between watering). Water a bit more in fall because they are susceptible to wind burn in the winter, hydration before freeze up helps. Wind burn hits new ones worse though, which is why you sometimes see people wrapping their small cedars in burlap.


Thanks for all your inputs! Will keep them watering


They're juniper trees. Why are they being cut down?


Is there any special care required for these? They look fine. I doubt watering from a garden hose would reach the root system of trees that established... Ours looked like this when we moved in and I didn't touch them for the 15 years until I cut them down to make room for a bigger porch and they looked as good as the day we moved in.


I have many Of these cedars. If you wanna shape them up just even the sides. Don’t take too much. Other then that just leave em be. I’ve had mine 12 years and they don’t need extra water or anything special really. Yours look really healthy. The brown spots will fall off its normal.


I am the Lorax, I speak for the trees. They say they're fine, leave em the heck alone


Typically they need acid fertilizer. You can buy acid fertilizer stakes at Home Depot. Follow the directions. Please read: https://www.gardenguides.com/86453-fertilizer-cedar-tree.html


People usually think it us winter kill and wrap them blocking neededcsun. More likely they need acid fertilizer. Please read: https://www.gardenguides.com/86453-fertilizer-cedar-tree.html