The 411 On Eastern Red Cedar Trees: Planting And Maintenance Guide

Trees are valuable additions to your landscape design. While the added appeal is obvious, trees are also capable of increasing home value and providing shade and insulation that helps with energy efficiency. Of course, some trees are more beneficial than others, since they grow up to incredible heights and widths that create appeal, value, and shade. The Eastern red cedar tree is an excellent option for your home. Even though it is common and easy to plant and maintain, most homeowners do not know where to get started with this tree. Here are a few tips to help you plant and maintain the Eastern red cedar tree.


Location is one of the most important factors to consider when planting your cedar tree. It is capable of growing to heights of up to 50 feet with a spread of up to 20 feet, so you should avoid planting the Eastern red cedar tree too close to your home's exterior or other outdoor structures, such as powerlines and utility poles.

The tree prefers a location that receives full sun, as well, and grows best when exposed to unfiltered sun throughout the majority of the day.

To install, dig a hole in the ground that is a few times the width and height of the tree's root ball. Working with your hands or a small shovel, loosen the soil around the root ball, which helps the roots implement into their new environment.

After placing the tree into the hole, fill the hole with dirt and added soil. Surround the tree base with mulch or pine straw and water thoroughly.


In the spring and fall seasons, fertilize your tree. Fertilizer spikes are the easiest option for these trees because they release nutrients slowly throughout the season.

Make sure to choose fertilizer spikes specifically designed for evergreen trees. The spike should be placed a few inches into the soil's surface a few feet away from the tree's trunk.

The later part of winter or early spring is the best time to trim your Eastern red cedar tree because it is dormant, meaning it is not in a state of growth.

Use pruning shears to cut discolored, broken, or decaying branches. Pruning off affected branches and foliage will strengthen the tree, promoting new grow in the spring season while enhancing the tree's natural look.

For a classic appeal that will stand the test of time, the Eastern red cedar tree is a smart investment for your landscape design. This guide and your tree professional will help you plant and maintain this beautiful tree. To learn more about planting trees, talk with a business such as Johnson's Tree Service & Stump Grinding