Fast growing screen
I have a next-door neighbor who neither waters, fertilizes, nor cuts their grass unless threatened by the city. I'm tired of looking at their run-down mess. So, I want to plant something to screen my yard from theirs (Front yard). Water lines run along that side of the yard, so I can't plant anything with a a large, invasive root structure. I'm looking for something that is dense, fast-growing, and requires little pruning, since I won't be able to prune his side.
I live in Central Texas, north of Austin. My soil is heavy clay with limestone (thus alkaline). Area is full sun. I have considered Italian Cypress, which would give me the perfect shape, but is slow-growing, and Red-Tip, which is fast growing, but needs trimming to keep its shape. I have also considered a "clumping" bamboo. Whatever is planted will be in a 2' wide bed.
Any ideas/suggestions are GREATLY appreciated. I want to plant between now and March.
Thanks and happy gardening.