Russian Olive. I had a hedge of those at one house, and the kid next door
actually warned visiting playmates not to try to go through the hedge to
retrieve a ball or whatever. He informed them they'd better walk
But they do require pruning/trimming to keep them as a hedge. Otherwise
they grow into a small tree.
Homo sapiens is a goal, not a description.
On 12/1/04 5:26 PM, in article Qyrrd.5807$ email@example.com, "Doug
It would have to go to the county IIRC and while I might think it worth it,
my lawn hasn't been anointed for quite some time. Right now they are
targeting other areas of the general neighborhood.
BTW - go with the rugosas - hardy, pretty, makes the birds happy and the
deer don't eat them.
I guess it depends on the neighborhood. Here, the town judges are the first
stop, county courts the second.
Rugosa sounds like a good choice. 2-3 nights a week when I step outside,
there are deer 20 feet from the door, and they stand there and stare at me
light I have a lot of nerve for invading their driveway. :-)
Gorse, common hawthorn, or sloe would do it. Also probably some of the
hedge roses, or bois d' arc if you prune it into a shrub form.
I'm not sure if honey locust can be grown as a shrub.
Watch out for gorse, it can become a major pest. It's officially a
noxious weed in many places.
Barberry and pyracantha are both good. Pick a fireblight-resistant
pyracantha. If minor cruelty to animals doesn't disturb you, birds
pigging out and getting drunk on pyracantha berries can be amusing.
I don't know if it will grow in your area but the nastiest thorns I've ever
seen are on hardy orange. Usually grown as a small tree, I've heard of it
being used as a hedge. It is a very attractive plant year round with
utterly vicious thorns. I believe it's hardy to zone 6. By the way, I
still laugh every time I think of that "pistol targets in fur jackets"
comment you made a few weeks back.
Whatever shrub you decide, tuck a little prickly pear cactus under it.
Opuntia humifusa is cold hardy to zone 5.
The worse thing for an owner of long haired dogs are burdocks. :)
Too bad it's unattractive.
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