Privacy Screen for Calgary
We just moved to Calgary from Houston this month and need a privacy screen, as our back property line is shared with our neighbor. Currently there is a chain link fence, which I obviously want to improve on. I would like to use evergreen trees as opposed to deciduous shrubs. Our space is a bit limited so I want to restrict the height to no more then 15-20 ft. I would prefer an upright evergreen. I was warned off of arborvitae by local nurserymen as not being "Chinook-hardy". I was basically left with the choice of "Moonglow" or "Wichita Blue" Juniper. I would like something fast or at least moderately fast growing, but evergreen and fast growing seem to be a contradiction in terms here. Any suggestions or commenst on the Junipers? I might consider pine, fir, or spruce, but to get one of any size here seems exceptionally expensive.
To complicate matters, I have about 10" of good topsoil, but with poorly draining clay underneath.