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Best Privacy Tree Hedge

January 14, 2017 1:49 pm
posted by Martin Boyle

Mandy asks…

What is the Best Privacy Tree Hedge?

Our neighbors apparently don’t believe in blinds, and we put up a fence already, but we can still see way too much of each other 🙂 What is best privacy tree hedge to put up that will grow fairly tall without having awful roots spreading out everywhere? We have mostly clay soil, and this would be southern exposure. Thanks!

Martin Boyle answers:

Best Privacy Tree Hedge

There are evergreens that can grow quickly including some arborvites to give you the best privacy tree house. Just keep in mind how tall it will get, how much shade you may be adding to your yard, and that the plant will need to be hardy to your zone. How high will you have to get the trees to provide the privacy you need? Keep this in mind when shopping for them. For large spaces try Pinus nigra ssp. nigra, Pinus wallichiana or one of the many ornamental Cedars. For smaller spaces try evergreens which can be pruned to keep in check, such as Prunus lusitanica, Prunus lusitanica ‘Myrtifolia’, Ligustrum lucidum ‘Excelsum Superbum’, Photinia x fraserii ‘Red Robin’ or Ilex ‘Nellie R. Stevens’. For something a bit more unusual, you might try the highly fragrant try Osmanthus x fortunei, or Camellia japonica in a tree form. How much do you want to spend? Places like Home Depot and Lowes carry a number of evergreens ready to plant.
Once you get your trees…keep them alive. The best time to plant trees is in the fall because they aren’t actively growing new foliage/needles and the trees can put all their energy into developing their root systems. Water the roots really thoroughly the day before you plant…this is very important as it will reduce shock. Dig the hole at the same depth as the current rootball but twice as wide. Do not add lots of amendments to the soil. You need to encourage the roots to grow into their native soil. Water the trees well and often. Hopefully the weather will help. Lastly, do not mulch up against the trunks or you will encourage diseases. Good luck.

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Your Questions About Garden Plans

September 12, 2012 10:39 am
posted by Martin Boyle

Jenny asks…

Help with landscaping?

My background is a basically a big, privacy fenced rectangle. I’m working on landscaping it – the previous owners had a fairly large, square cement patio poured. Any ideas to make it more interesting? I’ve added some beds and a flowering magnolia tree plus perennial flowering bushes, but what else? Anything besides plants or a pond? Thanks in advance!

Martin Boyle answers:

I just moved into a new house last year and am in the same boat…trying to figure out what to do with my landscape. I’ve spent a lot of time online looking for specific Garden Plans and ideas without much luck. The Sunset Western Landscaping book has a lot of great ideas and is well worth the read.

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