Digging near hedge

Discussion in 'Outdoor Gardening in the Pacific Northwest' started by Pineappleguava, Jun 13, 2021.

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    Pineappleguava New Member

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    Hello, we have an emerald cedar hedge that's about 15-20 years old (our guess). The trees are not the healthiest/fullest as we think they were affected by insufficient watering in dry summers by the previous owners. We would like to plant a few shrubs along the hedge line to add some interest/depth and hopefully help fill in the bottom for more privacy. Does anyone know whether we risk harming the trees if we dig holes (for planting) about 3-4 feet away from their trunks? I think these trees have shallow roots and I don't want to hurt them! Thanks in advance for your insights!

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