Care Guide for Southern Red Cedar
- Choose a location with well-draining soil.
- Dig a hole twice the width and depth of the root ball.
- Place the tree in the hole, making sure the top of the root ball is level with the surrounding soil.
- Fill the hole with soil and gently press down to eliminate air pockets.
- Water thoroughly to settle the soil around the roots.
- Southern Red Cedar Trees are easily grown in a wide range of soils, including clay, alkaline and compacted soils.
- Grows well in well-draining soils with a pH between 6 and 7.
- Avoid heavy clay or wet soils as this can lead to root rot.
- Apply a 2-3 inch layer of mulch around the base of the tree, but avoid piling the mulch directly against the trunk.
- Mulch helps to retain moisture in the soil, suppress weeds, and regulate soil temperature.
- Full sun to partial shade, but prefers full sun for optimal growth.
- Avoid planting in an area with dense shade as this can lead to weak growth and disease.
- Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish a deep and strong root system, increase frequency during extremely hot days.
- In established trees, water only during extended dry spells.
You can reduce frequency of watering once the tree is established.
- Fertilize with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer once a year in the spring.
- Avoid excessive fertilizer as this can lead to weak growth and disease.
- Prune in the winter while the tree is dormant.
- Remove dead, diseased, or crossing branches to maintain a healthy structure.
- Avoid pruning large branches as this can result in stubs that are prone to disease and decay.