Archive for March, 2015

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.

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.


Curly Maple Bullet style pen

March 2, 2015 Leave a comment

Curly Maple Bullet style pen

These bolt action bullet pens are great gifts for the outdoors person.
They write great as well. Have a look on the Knots to Bowls website to see more like this handcrafted pen made with wood from Ontario, Canada.

The Mini bolt action style pen is new. There only 4inch’s long.