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Canadian Hemlock seedlings, first prune, wind protection

Canadian Hemlock seedlings, first prune, wind protection


Old 05-14-08, 04:37 AM
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Canadian Hemlock seedlings, first prune, wind protection

I planted 50 canadian hemlock seedlings at the beginning of May. My plans are to grow them in a hedge. I need to know how and when to prune. Right now they are 12'' tall. Also, do I need to protect them from the wind? If so what is the best method to protect them from the wind.Thanks in advance for any help with my questions.
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Old 05-14-08, 06:46 AM
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Canadian Hemolock makes for a nice hedge. Fast growing to 40-70 feet. Spread 25-30 feet. Plant 3-5 feet apart.

Begin to prune next spring before new spring growth. Do so each year until they reach the size you desire. Then, prune after spring growth the shape. Prune more narrow at top than bottom to prevent shading out. Growth rate is medium, so you should expect to have a decent hedge in about 5 years.

Straw bales can protect smaller trees from prevailing wind and snow. There is screening material available.

You can also plant a living wind/snow fence, using native species that are not so sensitive to wind. Your local Cooperative Extension Agent should be able to provide you with a list of native species recommended for windbreaks in your area.

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