Emerald Cedars as Privacy Fence?
Q: To create a privacy screen on the residential property in southern Ontario I am looking at Emerald cedars and plant them close together along a cedar fence. Full sun is going to be the condition. Alberta Spruce would be nice too but they grow very slowly, it appears. I would need about 80 of them.
Would you comment on the choice and reflect on source supply in CAD or US?
A: Of the 2, I would opt for the Emerald cedar. Although cedars can also get
spider mites, I find them easier to control on a cedar than a dwarf Alberta
spruce (just my experience, others may have different results). Also, the
cedars will grow a bit faster, so they will fill in the hedgerow faster.
I suggest planting them in a zigzag pattern instead of in a straight row.
This will lend more interest visually, plus it'll give the cedars a little
more room to spread.
Also, I wouldn't plant them snug up against each other
even though this gives an install "green wall". As they grow, they'll crowd
each other and become sparse, which will eventually lead to a "thinned out"
green wall. Better to let them spread their wings -- it'll give you a
denser hedgerow in the long run.
As for availability, either should be readily available in either Canada or
the U.S. The cedars will likely be less expensive, and you will probably be
able to get bigger cedars than dwarf Alberta spruces, so you'll start off
with a bigger hedgerow with the cedars.
I would apply an anti-transpirant before or after you plant them to reduce
moisture loss during the transplant shock they will go through. Be sure to
water properly once or twice a week, depending on the weather conditions.
Repeat the anti-transpirant in fall to help reduce moisture loss in the
winter, especially if they are in a windy area.
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