Friday, August 14, 2015

Privacy settings. And, NO, I'm not talking about Facebook

The Living Fence

Leyland Cypress Trees as a Living Fence
Privacy. Do you have it? Do you want it? I'm not talking about the online type of privacy. The type you need to be concerned about with Facebook and your online banking. I'm talking about real-life privacy in your yard. Tangible types of privacy. Do you have it?

Everybody wants it. Privacy. Privacy fences. Privacy walls. Privacy trees and shrubs. Privacy fences made from nature are becoming more and more popular, but the common question remains; how do I get privacy through nature quickly? I want privacy and I want it now. I don't want to wait 10 years for my trees to grow 10 feet. Understandable. Well, there's good news. You CAN have a natural privacy fence and you won't have to wait years and years for it to actually provide you with what you wanted in the first place...privacy. 

I encourage you to plant living fences!

Better than a traditional white picket fence, or standard wood plank fence, a line of evergreen trees or shrubs can provide year-round seclusion even better! Generally, as an added bonus there are no municipal restrictions on how high they can grow whereas most towns usually require permits for a fence over 6 feet tall. And if anyone out there has ever delt with the permit department of their village, well, then you know how great it is to never have to ask for a permit!
Thuja Green Giant used as a Privacy Fence

Things to consider before you plant your living fence: 

Power lines. 

Are there power lines above where you are going to plant? You don't want trees so big that they'll grow into the wires. 

Planting space. 

Also pay attention to the width at maturity of the trees you'll be planting. The spacing between trunks when you plant should equal mature width. While the ideal growing conditions vary by species, one thing all these evergreens have in common is a love of the sun. Give them at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day and their foliage will remain full and keep your privacy intact. 

Privacy fences, hedges, trees or shrubs not only keep eyeballs of your property, but because everybody wants one, they'll quickly add value to your property. By adding a living privacy fence you'll be adding even more value to your property. Why? Because living privacy fences also block
Quick Growing Evergreens Make
the Perfect Privacy Barrier
 lights from street lamps and traffic. They reduce noise pollution. They also act as a wind barrier and protect your home and other plants against the high winds that come with many summer and winter storms. Speaking of winter storms, living privacy barriers act as snow fences and reduce the amount of snow from blowing winds. Not to mention that these fences will also keep the neighbor's junk out of sight! So you can live in your own peaceful sanctuary even when a few yards away is a unkempt mess! Out of sight...out of mind!

So, what is the best tree to plant in order to get privacy quickly? 


Many grow quickly, many grow very tall, and many can acclimate to many different soil conditions and climates. 
Evergreens are also great for reducing noise, reducing snow, and screening all year long. And remember, plant an evergreen screen on the north side of your house to block winter winds. On the other hand, deciduous trees, although they offer a wider variety of landscaping elements including spring flowers or fall colors, they do not provide a year round screen and therefore are not your best bet for privacy.

Our favorite choices for fast growing evergreens are the Leyland Cypress or a Thuja Green Giant. Both grow quickly and are huge privacy trees often used as fences. Leylands will work best in hotter climates and coastal areas and Thujas can tolerate the snow of the colder climates.

Other popular evergreen choices that will work well as privacy fences include:

American Arborvitae which is a popular tree hedge that can grow 40' to 60' tall!
Green Giant Arborvitae is another popular fast growing hedge that can grow up to 60' tall! Arborvitae 'Green Giant' can climb 3 feet in one year.

Some popular evergreen shrub hedges include the:

Emerald Arborvitae that can grow to 10' to 15', but can easily be trimmed shorter.
Nigra Arborvitae is another popular choice which can grow to 20' to 30', but takes pruning well so it
A Lilac Hedge is a Popular Privacy Choice, but it won't
Provide Privacy in Winter Months
can be trimmed shorter.

And finally some popular deciduous shrubs choices are:

The Rose of Sharon which is a great flowing hedge, but it is seasonal and won't provide winter privacy.
North Privet is another that is a fast growing shrub that is suitable for many yards.

The fall planting season is around the corner. Which one will you pick?

Remember, Trees "R" Us, Inc. can help you pick the right tree and plant it in the right location. Our Plant Health Care Department can help you keep your trees healthy for years to come.

Out on a Limb for You,

Jenni Willis
President and CEO
Trees "R" Us, Inc.

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