: I recently purchased a home on a lake in Central Florida.
: Unfortunately, there is a sewage lift station on the edge of the
: property down near the lake. The lift station has a 7 foot tall
: unsightly chain link fence surrounding it. I want to plant something
: on the edge of my property that will eventually completely hide the 25
: feet of the fence that borders my property.
: I would be very appreciative of anyone who could suggest a plant/shrub
: that will be good for this purpose. I do not want to see that that
: fence anymore! What factors do I need to consider? If all other
: factors are equal, I would prefer something fast growing so that it
: will be that much sooner that the fence disapears. In your response,
: please throw out a best guess as to how long it will take for your
: plant suggestion to fill out and reach 7 feet in height. I would also
: appreciate any advice you have about how far apart to plant your
: suggestion. How far out from the fence should I be? Should the
: plants be in a single line or staggered in some manner? What type of
: fertilizer will help them grow the quickest? How much water do they
: need to really thrive? Will it grow OK in very sandy soil? Do you
: have any suggestion for something to plant in front of it that would
: be keep me from having just a tall shrub there? In case it matters,
: we are in the part of florida that gets a frost or two a year.
: I know I tend to ask too many questions. I know we're all busy and
: don't have time to write too much. If that's the case, feel free to
: just suggest the plant/shrub. I can figure out the details on my own.
: Thank you so much.
You're in luck. The University of Florida has a lot of great information
on shrubs: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/TOPIC_Shrubs
Your local Extension office is also a likely source for advice and
factsheets. Local advice is always the best since it can take into
account the specific growing conditions for your area.
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