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How Far Apart To Space Cedar Trees For A Privacy Hedge.

March 21, 2015 2 comments

cedar-hedge You are planting a privacy cedar hedge, and you need to know how far apart to  plant the cedar trees. First thing to consider, are your cedar trees going to be planted for a privacy fence?  Or are the trees going to be planted because you love evergreen trees, and would like to green up the back yard. Eastern White Cedar trees can be planted in your yard, or anywhere around your home as a stand alone tree, or as a hedge tree. If you’re planting the cedar tree as a stand alone tree, it will grow tall and big. White cedars in Ontario can grow up to 60 feet tall. We saw old cedar trees that become too over grown, or are headed for the landfill site at our sawmill in Rockwood. But lets get back to the privacy hedge, and before we get into the spacing distance I would like to tell you that the light pruning on your cedar hedge will make your hedge grow thick. How thick would you like the hedge to be? Well most would like a dense hedge that you can not see through. Newly planted hedges will take some time to be this way, but there is a way to speed the process up just a tad. Fertilize the trees and shrubs in the spring, and do this in the early spring, even if there is snow still on the ground, the cedars are coming out of dormancy and would love a boost to get growing and to make more thick branches. For the best thick cedar hedge, plant the cedars close together.  Cedar trees in the forest naturally grow close from seed and they do just fine. All white cedars up to the height of 6 feet tall can be planted one foot apart, and for a extra thick hedge you may stagger the rows. Staggering tree rows is just a matter of moving every cedar out 45 degrees to the left, then to the right. Planting cedar hedges in a straight row is a very common way to plant. To know how many cedar trees you will need for your hedge, just measure every foot, and dig the hole for that cedar, then over another foot, and dig that hole.. Plant the cedars as you dig the holes.. Large tall cedar trees, up to 12′ may be spaced 3 feet apart. 7 foot to 8 foot cedars can be spaced 2 feet apart, and they will grow into a thick green hedge. 3 foot to 4 foot cedars, plant them at 1 foot apart, and they will grow into a nice thick hedge. Remember to fertilize the trees, but do this only starting on the second year after planting. Have lots of fun while your planting.

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Trees damaged by Ontario’s worst ice storm 2012-1013

March 10, 2015 Leave a comment

This winter has been a going concern for many folks in Ontario.  Our trees this year have taking a real beating with the high winds, freezing rain, heavy wet snow and more freezing rain.

When we first got hit with the ice storm many people in and around the region lost their hydro.

There were power lines on the road, across roofs and hanging in the trees, I’ts been a real mess.

Another thing is some of the big trees that landed on septic beds may very well have damaged the pipes in the bed with the sharp snapped off branches that plunged to the ground.

Most areas have a lot of snow so with my experience it makes no sense to try to clean up the broken branches until some of the snow melts away, this way no branches will get left behind.

So whats going to happen to all the trees with broken branches? Well in my opinion if they’re not too badly broken they will survive, some are best to be turned to firewood.

Some trees with broken tops still have parts of the branches hanging on the tree. This could be dangerous because at some time or another that branch will likely fall to the ground. So be careful in any event when you’re around these trees, a fallen branch could cause injury or be fatal.

Some of the trees can be replace with smaller trees if there is no way of saving them, or a nice rock garden may look good where the tree is.

I will post some photos of some of the damage in my next post.

 

Saving The Ash Wood From The Emerald Ash Borer And The Landfill Sites

January 14, 2015 Leave a comment

The cities in Ontario are cutting hunderds of thousands of Ash trees, and alot of them are going into our landfill. I know from experience that the charge for dropping off wood at the dump to the public and contractors is expensive.

Ash Is a nice wood to work with and the finished pruduct looks great. To me the grain in Ash looks alot like Oak.

We can be useing this wood for real wood plank style flooring and furniture.

Local schools would also benifit with some free ash wood for there woodworking students. This could also give students summer employment helping mobile sawmill opperators like myself. I know Sheridan college has a great woodworking program and this could help the college, the teachers and most of all, the students.

The EAB is not interested in the real wood inside the Ash tree, they just boar through the bark and kill the tree . The wood is not damaged unless the tree ends up on the ground and left to rot or taken to the landfill site.

What a shame.

Logs for free firewood and lumber.

Sawmill on Wheels helps to keep logs out of our landfill.


emerald ash borer in adult stage

Adult emerald ash borer

The Emerald Ash Borer attacks both healthy and stressed Ash trees. EAB larvae eats the softwood under the tree’s bark, preventing the tree from moving water and nutrients from its roots its leaves, and then killing the Ash tree within one to five years. These Ash trees in our area can be made into hardwood lumber. The Ash Borer keeps out of the real wood, or the good wood of the tree. All the damage that I have seen is just under the bark. When these Ash trees get milled on our mobile sawmill the lumber turns out perfect. If you have dead or dying ash trees on your property why not turn them into great useful lumber. Ash is a hard wood like Maple or Oak and can be made into fine furniture or even a garden shed. As a woodworker myself I find Ash a nice wood to work with. Pine, Cedar, Spruce and Fir are used most for outdoor and indoor building projects but you can also use Ash.

a slab of ash wood

Thick slab of ash with live edge

Best Time To Plant Evergreen Trees

April 6, 2013 Leave a comment

The best time to plant trees is in the early spring and the fall.

I may use a lot of wood from fallen trees, but I also plant many evergreen trees from seedlings in around the Guelph, Rockwood area.

If the weather is hot and dry you must make sure you can water your trees.

Some evergreen trees like the Colorado Blue Spruce can withstand a mild drought, and once they are established, the roots will grow deep into the earth to seek water.

Fertilize your trees in the early spring to give them a boost for rapid growth and good health.

The way that I plant ball and burlap tree is to keep the wire cadge and the burlap on the tree and bury the tree up to the top of the burlap.

If you are planting your trees in a windy area, you may need to stake the tree. After a year or 2 the stakes may be removed.

Happy spring and happy planting

Garden Compost Screener (Handmade)

March 24, 2012 6 comments

My handmade compost screener takes all the small stones and the parts of the compost that has not yet broken down and separates them into good soil for the garden.
I used 2 truck springs on this from my old dodge,  and a motor from a old wood band saw.
It’s hard to believe that this was all wood chips, manure, and garden waste.

This compost machine makes excellent material for the garden or the lawn.

I have also use the fine screened soil/compost to make compost tea for my lawn and the flower gardens.

The plants love feeding from this natural organic mater.