Our local box store has a sale on five-six foot cedars and I've been kicking
around the idea of replacing a fence with this plant. I don't know what
type of cedar they are, but I see them everywhere (southern ON Can.) My
questions, How well will this plant handle Maple tree roots. There is all
day sun, but the fine/fibrous roots of the tree restrict the growth of
clematis (SP). The area is fairly wet and clay. Also these plants would be
two-three feet for a neighbours house. I mention that only because someone
told me that the back of the plants would not fill in being close to
something like a house.
Mostly I'm concerned about the maple roots though, and if they can handle
If any one can steer me in the right direction, it would be most
When I looked at cedars for privacy a few years back I concluded that they
likes better drained soil than what I have (fairly wet and clay). But I do
have a few growing in a spot that is mostly slag ( remains of rock from a
There are dozens of trees/shrubs that go by the name "cedar". They come in
ALL shapes and sizes. Know the particular growth habits, nutritional/light
needs, soil needs, etc. *BEFORE* you purchase ANY plants! That tree, at
six-foot may look just perfect. It most likely won't /stay/ six feet tall.
There are not many bigger wastes of time/money/effort than planting a tree,
only to have to cut it down in 10 years, because "it's just too effin' big"
for the location it was planted.
What do you mean? In a wrestling match? In checkers? A marathon? Please
How large is the maple? How close are you wanting to plant, next to it?
What species of maple?
The shade of the tree *may* have had something to do with the Clematis'
Probably an accomplice, to the killing of the Clematis.
You only have a two to three foot easement, to a residential structure,
from a property line, where you live? Good grief, man. That's insane.
Is your neighbor agreeable to you planting a tree that close to his house,
when you don't even know how large it will be, when fully grown (and how
soon it will get there)?
It'll probably grow right up and around the awning. I wouldn't worry too
much about the backside. I suppose he'll be alright with that. *shrug*
I'm still a bit off about this whole "handle" business, sorry. I would be
more worried about damaging the maple, by digging a bunch of holes in it's
root system. Is that what you're asking?
Perhaps speaking with your neighbor, and telling them of this little scheme
you've been cooking up, would be a good start. =)
One other data point about making a fence out of trees/shrubs. Lots of
folks around here do that, and all is well for a few years, until one
of the trees in the middle dies. Then there is a hole that can't ever
really be matched up. Arborvitae is the species of choice for doing
that, and I've heard them called "cedar" (along with some types of
Yew) - they do look fairly similar.
But, as said before, make sure you know what you're getting, how the
nursery thinks they'll do in that soil with competition from Maples,
etc. And, HOW BIG THEY WILL GET over how long a time. A previous owner
of my house loved Canadian Hemlocks, as do I. However, the two really
beautiful specimens he planted are a mere 8' from the house. At least
they were when planted. Now they are about 1' from the house. IN
anouther couple of years, they're going to be chainsawed away from the
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