Highway fence with conifers

rgjac(6)February 9, 2012

My house has the backyard facing a highway; I would like to create a visual barrier that hopefully would work also as a sound barrier, although I'm aware that it may not work very well for that purpose. I would like to use some kind of tall (that reach over 16ft high) but thick trees that, planted side-by-side, would completely -- starting from the ground if possible -- block the view, and that would be green year-round (I live in CT, so I think it needs to be some kind of conifer.) The biggest problem is it's going to be a very long fence and I need it to be cheap, so I'm considering even planting seeds. Any suggestions on kinds of plants, where to buy seeds or small trees cheap? Thanks.

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We planted a line of Leyland cypresses (Cupressocyparis leylandii) to give us a large area of privacy. They grow very fast, 3-5 feet per year, and VERY tall, (50+ feet?), but can be trimmed. I like the look of them. There are some postives and negatives mentioned in the following article. Here's a link:


Thuja 'Green Giant' is another popular evergreen for screening. It's an arborvitae.

Not sure where to buy. Maybe Musser Forests?



    Bookmark   February 9, 2012 at 10:55AM
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Steve Massachusetts Zone 5b

Try Great Garden Plants. You can get 3 foot tall Green Giant plants in gallon containers at a reasonable price. If you want to go smaller you can get 4" tall plants for $5 at a number of other places. GGP will also give you good instructions and a guarantee on all of their plants sold.


    Bookmark   February 9, 2012 at 12:24PM
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Thanks Leslie, I think Thuja "Green Giant" was what I had in mind. I also found that one type of bamboo would be a good fit, but for what I read I'm not so sure it stands the winter here. I'll try to find the place with the best price when I'm ready to work on this.

    Bookmark   February 9, 2012 at 3:13PM
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