planting something to hid gap in Norway spruce

A new neighbor had accidentally removed a shrub of mine near my large Norway spruce. Since bottom branches of spruce are broken off in that area a large gap appears. Wonder what to plant to fill the gap?
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On 4/8/2019 4:11 PM, Frank wrote:

Thought I should post a picture:
https://imgur.com/a/BjdcnKu
It is actually a Colorado blue spruce largely denuded but Norway spruce is next to it and that is the gap I am concerned about. It is unsightly from the road.
I do not know what is is that neighbor planted but do not know if that is what I want or what it will look like in a couple of years. That is his house and drive on the right and as shown, trees are close to the development cul-de-sac road.
Lesson for home owners is to be careful what you plant because this can happen after 40 years.
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On Monday, April 8, 2019 at 6:57:18 PM UTC-4, Frank wrote:

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Where is the property line? That bunch of about 10 things is what he plant ed? They look like arborvitaes. He's a moron, IDK what the point to planting them like that, in like 3 rows made into a bunch is. Planting them so they are along the driveway and road would make sense. The area in between that and your tree, you could plant a larger arborvitae, they grow pretty f ast. Deer a problem? They eat them, they have some varities that are said to be deer resistant. If there are deer, that's a major issue in your selection. They even eat hollies, but those less than arborvitaes. Whatever he's plan ted, he's probably dumb so he won't water them and they will die anyway.
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On 4/9/2019 3:39 PM, snipped-for-privacy@optonline.net wrote:

Property line is 5-10 ft from his driveway. Bush he cut back was on my property. It was overgrown but I kept it cut back to the road. The former neighbor who died never cut anything and new neighbor wanted a bit more window turning out of his drive. About half what he planted is on my property but he can take care of it. I did not blame him for the mess as he did not know where the line was and it was a lawn crew that botched it up. Now I just want it to look neater. I never see the area as the cul-de-sac is past his house.
Deer are a big problem. Think I will look for arborvitae that grow 8-10 ft.
Tempted to cut the big trees down but they do protect the house. Bush he cut down, I called the Sloman shield. A neighbor, Sloman, up the street parked and car slipped out of gear or something and would have crashed into my living room if not for the bush.
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On Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 7:10:46 PM UTC-4, Frank wrote:

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A good neighbor would ask if they aren't sure. I might even ask if what I was doing was close to the line, affected the neighbor, etc.
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Make sure to look for the deer resistant variety. They leave them alone in warm weather, but go to work on them in the winter. Usually it's not enough to kill them, just set them back. Or ask the neighbor to move a couple of the ones he planted and wait for them to grow. Fertilizer will help. I said the way he planted them is stupid because it's just a bunch, the middle ones would seem to be a waste to me. He could have planted them so that it filled the hole, instead he wasted them.

Yes, they can help. Here in NJ, I don't understand the state highway dept. There was miles of a state highway that had a huge median, maybe 150 ft wide, that had trees, shrubs, etc, just natural growth that was left alone for years. They just spent a lot of money cutting it all down and removing it. Now if a driver falls asleep, is drunk, etc, instead of going off the road into that, he can just go right on across to traffic in the other direction. There are no guard rails. And it's not like most of those trees were two or three feet in diameter, most were much smaller, good to stop a car, but not so likely to be fatal. And it looks like hell now too and some yahoo with high beams on can blind you. Really dumb, IMO.
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On 4/10/2019 8:46 AM, snipped-for-privacy@optonline.net wrote:

Deer only eat evergreens when they are starving and if that is all they eat they can starve to death with a full stomach.
Chances of somebody driving into my house are very slim but it almost happened once and the bush saved us.
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Well, they are eating evergreens here and I see large numbers walking around, they don't look emaciated, same numbers around at the end of winter as before, from what I can see. But heh, go ahead, get some of those tasty emerald green arborvitaes and see how you make out.

It would have to be a hell of an arborvitae to stop a car. BTW, since it was your bush and the dopey new neighbor cut it down, why isn't he replacing it? If it was me and he didn't offer, I'd find a bush, find a guy to replace it and send him the bill.
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On 4/11/2019 5:23 PM, snipped-for-privacy@optonline.net wrote:

Only an occasional problem here. They have not been too hard on those around my house. A son nearby had a stand behind his pool and they browsed them hard one winter but they fully recovered.
I do not intend to fight with my neighbor. He has been very good so far and I probably have not spoken to him for a year the way our properties are situated with his above mine. I'm just going to plant a couple cheap bushes to shield the area.
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On Friday, April 12, 2019 at 9:09:50 AM UTC-4, Frank wrote:

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A neighbor who doesn't ask you about where the property line is, cuts down a large shrub on your property, then doesn't apologize and offer to replace it, is not, by definition, "very good". If a neighbor apologized and offer ed to pay for it, I'd just give them the bill for the shrub. If they just ign ored what they did, I'd send them the bill for having it replaced.
I had an asshole neighbor here who started a war over a tree that was on my property that blew over in a storm and got hung up in a tree one winter. It was hung up real good, wasn't about to just fall down and if it did, it would have gone on their front lawn, not their house. The asshole calle d the township on me. Township code guy was very sympathetic and satisfied that I was dealing with it OK. The neighbor's daughter, who's married and living there with her husband, is the real problem. She came over to me with the old man and lit in to me. After she was done, I told her that sin ce she wants to complain, how about the fact that your wood pile and your kids play house and swing are over the line on my property? The old man, he says whaaaaat?, I would NEVER do that. So, I show him the concrete corner marker, it's 4 ft PAST the wood pile and right by it. No way you could not know where the line is and that your stuff is over it. Later that day, I talked to the code guy and he says you're not going to believe this. The daughter called up the town and wanted to know if just because their crap is a few feet over onto my property, they have to move it!
ROFL
They had a nice little project moving that wood pile and disassembling the play house and swing. And over the years I had been nice to them. One winter they had no snow blower, the old man came over asking if he could borrow mine and I said sure and let him have it. They used to let their nasty dog, that had bit people, wander around onto my property too, even though they know I have a cat. I should have called them on that, but I let it go. After their "tree" incident, the dog has only been over here once. I think they learned something, ie that if it comes here again, I'll take pictures and call the dog pound.
Oh, and the tree incident, prior to calling the town on me, the asshole had asked if when the tree guys come, could I get a price for them to cut one good size healthy branch from another tree that's on my property, b ut overhangs theirs, where if it broke off, it could graze their house. I said sure. Even after they called the town on me, I honored my word. The tree guys were there, had the boom truck on my property, working on the tree that was hung up and they could do that branch from right there. They went next door, told them it's $150 and guess what? They said it was too much! Then, being real geniuses, they wait until the crew is done with my tree and moves the truck off my property and out into the street. Then I see the old man go out to the street, and later I asked the tree guys what happened and he says he offered them $100! Like now that the boom is down, the truck is moved, he thinks that's the time to negotiate some more.
Assholes are assholes.
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On 4/13/2019 10:58 AM, snipped-for-privacy@optonline.net wrote:

My problem is not that serious. Neither of us knew the exact location of the property line. The only monument I had was a marker put in when we surveyed our road for the state to take over but either Comcast or Verizon removed it for their underground utilities.
When you buy a house you need a survey but surveyors just check county records and do not come out. He did pay for a survey with markers which proved I was right. That must have cost him $300 or more. A pine broke off in the back and tumbled off his property on to mine. I had my tree guy remove it as part of a bigger job and he had to pay to have the remainder removed. What he does not know is that I had planted the tree years ago accidentally on his side.
Yesterday I planted a small spruce in the opening that is unsightly. It is said to be mature at 8-10 ft. which is fine. Only cost me $20. No big deal. Now we wait, might take a couple of years, for things to grow and look better.
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