Rotting Cedar Gazebo

Morning Fog by donsutherland1

TheGardenLady received this question from Sandy.

We have a windbreak of 11 100′ Northern spruce trees with a cedar gazebo nestled among them. The roof of the gazebo is built of cut, trimmed cedar branches. We are noticing some of these roof branches are starting to rot. Is it because of the acidic needles falling from the Northern spruce trees and collecting on the gazebo roof?

Its a misconception that cedar will not rot. There are a number of causes for the rot. The elements can wreak havoc on any roofing material. Cedar is susceptible to sun, which breaks down the lignin in wood, causing splitting, cracking and dry rot.

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The Gazebo – A Great Structure for the Garden

Doesn’t everyone find a garden gazebo romantic? Is it because of the scene in The Sound of Music where they sang “Sixteen Going on Seventeen”? TheGardenLady read that you can still visit that pavilion structure in Austria. I do not know where it is located.

This GardenLady finds the gazebo one of the loveliest buildings in the garden. It is the perfect spot to sit and gaze at your beautiful garden or to meditate in the serenity of your garden or to have a picnic. It shelters you from the elements and you can also have one screened in like a porch to shelter you from insects. It is sort of a dolls’ house for adults.

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