How to get rid of a cedar hedge?

transplantation-haie-cedres-plus-chances“We are redeveloping the backyard and have to divest a portion of the cedar hedge, a reader wrote in Stopru. This hedge is in good condition, and we find a shame to throw it away. Can we get it back? “

The answer is yes, and several options are possible. First, the cedar hedge is sometimes transplantable. The cedars can be shredded into chips or mulch ecological logs. The scraps are distilled to give the essential oil. You can leave a debris-pruner arborist or give them to a body recovery or eco-center.

It should be noted at the outset that the true cedars in Lebanon, or elsewhere in Europe. The tree we commonly call a cedar, from the north-eastern North America, is rather a cedar, Thuja occidentalis or its botanical name.


“More trees are long established, transplanting more difficult,” says Jean-Pierre Parent, horticultural information from the Montreal Botanical Garden. “The roots lie far underground, and cut back to kill the tree,” adds biologist Edith Smeesters, a pioneer in ecological gardening in Quebec.

At Arbo-Design, Isabelle Légaré said that the success of transplantation has high chances (over 80%) if the hedge is less than three feet in height. Depending on the variety of cedar, as well as its maturity level, various techniques are used: Shovel or the transplanter.

“When the trees are bigger, it often costs more to transplant that to start fresh.”
Isabelle Légaré,
Jean-Pierre Parent, however, reports that his brother succeeded with a cedar hedge six feet high: “He dug a trench and transplanted trees immediately after taking them out of the ground. We must reposition them as they were, because the spaces without branches will not fill. ”

“The transplanted seedlings take two or three years to regain their balance,” says Isabelle Légaré.

To try if you’re looking to give cedars offer free PlantCatching a plant sharing body. “It is not mandatory to have an account on PlantCatching to create an ad, says the founder, Nicholas Cadilhac. If it provides a photo and indicates the beneficiary must help dig up the plants. ”


The cedars debris do not have their place in the home compost heap.

“The essential oils released by the cedar have a repellent effect on worms, insects and microorganisms that perform compost degradation.”
Edith Smeesters,
biologist and author
Moreover, conifers acidify the soil.

However, mixed with other species debris, cedar debris is accepted by companies in forest compost, which provides an outlet for by-products from growers-pruners as Arbo-Design.


The shredded cedar mulch done excellent trails recalls Edith Smeesters.

At Loutec in Longueuil, you can rent a chipper branches of two or three inches in diameter to $ 105 per day; diameter of six inches: $ 180 per day.

Moreover, companies like Arbressence Distilla or pick-Cedar cedar scraps to extract the essential oil. We inquired with these companies and to his municipality.


Finally, we can ask the local or municipal authorities if they accept ecocentre cedar debris. In Montreal, taking conifer ecocentres remains (so cedar), which will become mulch or compost. You can also call 3-1-1 for a pickup.

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