we need a hedge!!
Being fairly new to this house, we are slowly learning about what it "needs". One thing it needs is a hedge to provide not only a little privacy, but also to block the noise from the traffic. We are in the "country" but this road seems toget busier by the month, not to mention the corner about 400' from my front door -- too many cars!!!
We have about 500' of road frontage, and I need to find something to plant along 300' of it. This year we planted some pin oaks in a row about 40 to 50' off the road, leaving enough room to plant a hedge between the trees and the road. Eventually (decades from now) we want to create a wall of green 70' tall and 300' wide.
I need to find something for a dense hedge, 8-12' tall. At first we liked Russian Olives, nice color, fast growing, salt tolerant (proximity to road), cheap, and big thorns. However, we really would like to go with a native species if at all possible and practical. Can anyone help with ideas of what might be our best choice?? We have heavy clay soil,pH is around 7, it will be near the road (+/- 20'), would prefer something that does not need lots of maintainance, and maybe some berries for the birds, too. Thanks