Question on Trees
I have a question and want to see if someone can offer any advice. My acreage is very flat and has been a previous tree farm. My young pine and hardwood is growing nicely and I have a nice population of young hardwood and pine trees in the 5 to 6 ft range on the property. I also have some "glades" of nice older oak. I'm trying to build up my wind and privacy break as others are starting to move in around me and I really don't want to see the houses. I'm trying to build the effect of a driveway that goes down into a forest. My house is 650 ft off the road (basically my house is in the middle of 15 acres) and honestly I don't want to see my neighbors houses or the hunting camp behind my property from my house or my immediate yard. I'm looking at putting in some fast growing, maybe evergreen trees as a "edge" on my yard and gardens to help block wind and the view of others houses. I'm looking at Colorado Blue Spruce as one choice. I love the look of those and love the fact that they are evergreen. I'm also looking at Lombardy Poplar for the fast growth. My reservations are I am concerned the Blue Spruce won't thrive in my zone/climate. I'm reading hardy to Zone 7 and I'm 7B borderline 8. I am hesitant on the Poplar because of the fact it isn't an evergreen to help in the winter. Right now I'm thinking a mix of the two may be a solution. However, I still have the concern on the spruce. Any thoughts or experience with the Blue Spruce? And do any of you have a recommendation that may be better suited for a nice wind and privacy block for me? Thanks!!