Using bushes/shrubs/trees as a fence

just123meMay 26, 2006

I have Leyland cypresses in back of backyard that work great and some type tall bush/shrub on the other side, but the other side of yard in back has no type fence/barrier for privacy and the house next door is in full view and close...absolutely no privacy and it's right there.

My yard is landscaped really nice and natural looking (thanks to previous owners), but I'd like some creative ideas to get privacy on other side. I was considering a fence all around, but decided against it and how it might take away from yard. Are there any creative ideas I could have for just putting a fence on one side? ...or should I just stick with a tall tree/shrub for privacy?

If so what is a fast growing thick bush/tree that might work good?

Thanks!

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catbird(z7 AL)

If the rest of your yard is naturalized, I wouldn't go with a straight line of one variety of shrubs. Much will depend, of course on the amount of sun and moisture in the area, but you might try staggering things like hollies, small conifers, small upright crepe myrtles, a tall ornamental grass. One of my favorites is wax myrtle. They can be kept bushy or trimmed up to make small trees with or without lower shade-loving plants under them. If you use a variety of plants it's easier to fill in when [note: I didn't say if ;-)] one dies. A variety looks more natural and will attract more wildlife. If you have a long border to cover, avoid a hodge-podge look by using several of some things and by considering sizes and heights. With careful placement it can add to your natural look.

    Bookmark   May 27, 2006 at 8:36AM
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just123me

Thanks catbird, that's kind of the way I'm thinking. Thanks again.

    Bookmark   May 28, 2006 at 7:55AM
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