A few weeks ago, I was walking through the homestead and noticed several baby cedar trees. They were hard to see because this area was thick, it needed clearing and I’ve been waiting for the right day to remove the underbrush.
Last week that day arrived and I dove in with gusto and even saved several little cedars.
Transplanting was easy because these seedlings have a good foundation and just need some light and space to grow into something amazing.
When it comes to trees, I really don’t have a lot of experience but this hasn’t kept me from learning. Trees remind me of strength because they multiply in so many areas of our life.
However, when they’re surrounded by a lot of underbrush this keeps them from growing properly. Heavy brushwood can also become a fire hazard and why we’ve been working our way towards clearing this natural mess.
Somewhere during the process of clearance, we got worn out, had too many distractions and we stopped.
Then fast forward, things began to quiet down and the idea of clearing now sounds like fun; this is a good feeling.
I decided to begin with the underbrush so it’s easier for Robert to come through and thin out weak trees. What’s left will then be able to grow into something amazing.
Between opening up space and burning I saved baby cedar trees with just a few materials.
- Plastic Buckets
- Water and muscle followed by a positive attitude
Digging Up Cedar Trees
The cedar root base is simplified because it doesn’t grow deep beneath the ground.
- Begin by digging a foot away from the plant base.
- Dig deep in a circular motion to loosen the dirt.
- You may need to dig closer depending on the size of the tree.
These mini trees were anywhere from 2 – 4 ft. tall, removal wasn’t difficult because the soil was moist.
Once the plant is free shake off the dirt and let the roots soak in water before planting in buckets or in a new location.
I decided to plant in containers using the dirt from the ground because it was amazing.
My plan is to finish clearing this space before planting them back in the ground. In the meantime, they’ll rest in the garden and keep that space pretty.
Types of Cedar
In Texas we have several native varieties of cedar and offend they’re considered weed trees. They can make a neat natural privacy wall and I plan to use them along the fence.
Common Texas Native Cedar Trees include:
- Rock cedar, Juniperus ashei, or referred to as mountain cedar, post cedar, break cedar. It has a long list of names.
- Oak bark cedar is also known as the alligator juniper because the thick bark on older trees sometimes resemble alligator scales.
- The mountain red cedar, Juniperus scopulorum, is also referred to as Rocky Mountain juniper.
- Drooping cedar, Juniperus flaccid, is also called the weeping juniper, this is a pretty one.
Twenty-three species of native cedar trees can be found throughout Texas, that’s a lot! They’re often referred to as junipers, some can be invasive if ignored because they can grow in all types of soil.
Which means when transplanting, offer them room to stretch because they will adapt with little effort and grow into beautiful trees.
Common Cedars in North America include: Atlantic White cedar, Norther white, Port Orford, Alaska, Eastern, Incense, and western red.
Now you can take these easy to use cedar transplanting tips and use for most seedling varieties growing on your land.