Road Barrier Plants

damrob(z5 PA)April 16, 2005

I have a 7' strip in front of my house at the top of a stone wall that I would like to plant something that would grow:

* Tall enough to serve as a dirt/noise/privacy barrier

* Robust enough to handle periodic doses of road salt

* Grow to a finite width so I don't have to worry about trimming the side that faces the road in years to come (trimming on the house side, although not desired, would be tolerated if I had to plant in a way that gave me more room on the road side).

* Something that would keep its green all year, so it would have the same function during the winter as it does the rest of the year (we live in Northeastern PA).

* Have a taproot, so my wall doesn't get damaged as the plants grow.

I was thinking about green giant cedars, but was fearful that they would get too big to serve my purpose.

Any suggestions? We are novices, but do have some experience, so any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Thank You

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geoforce(z7a SE PA)

Thuja, the white cedars socalled. Wonderful for these type spots and often used as hedges, Many of the estates in SE Pa and Northern Del have these and they grow well even into moderate shade.

I really love the aromatic odor and their texture. They don't have taproots, but form small, tightly compact root balls. There is a new one on the market ('Green Giant') which is said to grow 4ft in a year.


Here is a link that might be useful: Thuja

    Bookmark   April 20, 2005 at 10:32PM
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Sea Oats are great decorative grass, spread quickly to cover unsightly objects, are salt tolerent for those in the East who live along roads that are treated with salt in the winter. Dried, they make nice addition to dried flower arrangement.I have lots, if you want to trade.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2005 at 9:54AM
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