What can anyone recommend for a screen along one side of our property?
I need about 250 ft of coverage.
I thought about native cedars, that would not need any maintenance at
all. The only thing is that it would take maybe 15 years for them to
grow to the ten feet or so needed, I think. Transplanting wild trees of
near that size would cost a fortune since I'm not physically able to do it.
Can You install something You can live with till the cedars reach a
good height? Then remove the screen fence..Just do'nt use concrete to
set the posts and it will be a simple teardown later..Maybe buy the
trees as large as You can afford to for the run and lessen the time
the fence needs to be there. Just a thought.
I have used juniper virginianus (red cedar, in Texas) for many many
years as a screen, and for decoration, as they grow wild all over and
transplant easily if under 2 feet high. It takes about 5 years
transplanting to get to 8 feet high in Texas soils and weather. I
had very good luck with those I dug up in January, less so with other
times of the year, but around here they are free so I do 5-10 at a
That being said, you might consider red tipped photinia, as they
to about 12 feet ( In Texas soils) in around 5-6 years also, and don't
continue to grow.
The cedar must be trimmed after reaching the proper height, and if
you aren't able to transplant them yourself, you certainly won't be
to trim and prune a row of them. They will grow to 30 feet and spread
out otherwise. Beautiful trees, but must be "managed" to do a hedge.
I know from personally doing this. I am healthy, but don't look
to the task much. Note that I am talking about juniper virginianus,
don't know your "local" name for them, and can't speak for any
"other" cedars...... But they are a beautiful tree for decoration as
can "shape" them into shapes with your hedge clippers and make
a very decorative yard..... providing you do this work about twice
Why not put up a six foot fence and plant cucumbers ? <GGGG>
( Forget about kudzu, that's a bad idea <G> )
Good luck. I know you are impatient, but that's the way things
Maybe if you do a google on "fast growing trees" and "bushes
screens" you can come up with some good ideas for your area...
Oh.. one more thing.... Do NOT use arbor vitae. They do what you
want, but are susceptible to complete decimation by bagworms. (in
Juniper virginianus are practically immune to this. Photinia get
some sort of fungus/blight if you are unlucky, but you can probly
spray for it......Spraying for bagworms only works BEFORE you see
bags on the foliage. Those little buggers must be picked off by
hand , IMMEDIATELY, or they will propagate all out of proportion.
I've spent dozens of hours picking them off a decorative row of
arbor vitae I had --- never again.
End of rambling on about gardeny stuff..\
Andy in Eureka, Texas
250' all of one species is going to be boring, especially if you have all of
the plants lined up in a row. If you only use a single species, you are
vulnerable to losing everything at once (e.g., disease, or too much
cold/heat/water/drought for the one species you plant). If you have several
species not only will the screened area be more attractive, but you're not
likely to lose everything at the same time. The right plant is going to
depend upon where you're located, but you might consider clumps of birch,
maple, crape myrtle, evergreens, flowering fruit trees, magnolias, etc.
Also, consider planting them in a clump of three or five plants rather than
in a single line, to give the landscape some depth and also better
screening. In my area (central Florida), I would use three Bauhinia
blakeana (Hong Kong Orchid), a couple of large citrus (pomelo, grapefruit,
etc.), a clump of crape myrtle (even tho they'll be bare part of the year),
a Royal Poinciana as a specimen tree, with one corner filled with Buddha
Belly and/or Giant Timber bamboo or other clumping bamboo types. Any other
open areas would have either red maple of live oak, with suitable understory
plants (azaleas, osmanthus fragrans, day lilies, etc.)
In the south, consider including some clumping bamboos, which will provide
an excellent screen without becoming invasive. Regards --
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