How to Fertilize a Cedar Hedge


With the right pruning, cedar trees can remain shrubs. When cedar shrubs are close together, they grow into a hedge that provides privacy, marks property boundaries and improves the appearance of the landscape. Although cedar is an evergreen and a relatively hardy specimen, it does require annual fertilizing to keep the foliage dark green and healthy. However, use caution since over-fertilizing will kill the tree or turn the foliage yellow.

Things You'll Need

  • 30-10-10 granular fertilizer
  • Garden hose
  • High nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizer
  • Blood meal (optional)
  • Bone meal (optional)
  • Wait until mid-spring, around the time that flowers and other trees start to bloom. Spread a 30-10-10 granular fertilizer onto the soil using the amount specified for the square footage of the cedar hedge.

  • Water the soil well with a garden hose immediately following the fertilizer application until you no longer see any granules on the surface of the ground.

  • Reapply the same amount of fertilizer to the cedar hedge in June and in July. Be sure to water well after each application.

  • Wait until fall, and then apply to the soil around the cedar hedge a slow-release fertilizer containing high levels of nitrogen and phosphorus. This fertilizer helps sustain the cedar hedge throughout the winter months.

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