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Right after the first freeze is the ideal time to transplant cedars. Even though the native cedars are tough and obviously well-adapted, they do have a minor flaw at transplanting time. They need more water than you would guess. Don't over-water but make sure the trees are thoroughly soaked after planting with the natural planting techniques and add a light covering of whole ground cornmeal to the surface of the backfill before applying the topdressing mulch.