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I planted cultivated cedar hedge two years ago. Should I start to trim them (top and side) now or should I wait another year? I live in Timmins On

Posted on March 12, 2017

Top them now. That’ll put more growth downward into the main trunk and make for a lush hedge. My family hails from Dundas, ON.

I am running out of time to do the final cut for this year on my privit hedge. Can I safely cut it during late Autumn or Winter?

Posted on March 12, 2017

Yes, you can very safely cut it in late Autumn or Winter. In fact that’s the best time because the plant will be dormant.

Our hydrangeas after 20 yrs are no longer blooming and r lacking iron so for the past 6 seasons I have tried iron/chelate and fertilizer with no success. Is ther another shrub that loves the south that is around 5 feet, easy to maintain that would nice with shubert choke cherry trees? Thaxt

Posted on March 12, 2017

Other Full Sun shrubs, that would get about 5 feet, would include: Cistena Cherry Ninebarks (Satin Chocolate, Tiny Wine, Coppertina) Dogwood (Ivory Halo, Red Osier) Lilacs (Wonderblue, Royalty Preston) Blue Muffin Viburnum To name a few… There are lots of options that would fit those characteristics.

We are in Lake Country BC and have a Pinus Nigra tree planted in a large planter. Do we need to cover it with burlap for the winter ?

Posted on March 12, 2017

This is the response from a grower in your area. We’re in Winnipeg so I wanted to get advice from someone that is more familiar with your environment. “I would say no , the plant is Zone 4 hardy and there’s lots of snow in Lake country”

I have spread leaves over my vegetable garden. Should I rototill them into the garden now (fall) or leave them to decay over the winter and rototill them in next spring?

Posted on March 12, 2017

I would do it now and then till some manure and peat in the spring however it’s not a must. So really it’s up to you.

I planted 3 blue spruce and they grew rapidly — too big for where I put them ,so I want to transplant and am scared to. When ,and how much root ball needs to come out ? Thanks you .

Posted on March 12, 2017

Now (the winter) is a great time. The tree will be dormant and will have the best chance of survival. How big the root ball is depends on how big the tree is however the bigger the better. The less root system you disturb the better. The more roots you rip out and leave behind the more that have to re-grow and remember the root system in place has grown to support the size of the tree as it is now. So if you remove half of the root system you will have half as much root system available to sustain the canopy of the tree. So you will have to cut the tree back and then water, water & water so the roots that are left can absorb as much water as possible to support the canopy. Also using a transplanting fertilizer would help your cause 10-52-10 would be good or something akin to that with a big middle number (phosphorus).

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