Cedar – Proper Pruning

Q: We have a beautiful new Atlas weeping cedar and it’s doing well. I can’t find any information about what to do if some of its limbs drag the ground.

A: Rick Smith (www.pruningguru.com) says Blue Atlas cedar is an easy plant to prune. Usually you only need to prune the tips to approximately a foot from the ground. Make your cuts just beyond a side branch or a tuft of needles. If you have multiple branches that need removal, don’t prune them all at the same height. This way the tree will look more natural and not manicured.