Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Choosing the Right Screening Trees for Your Garden

We all love our gardens. They are our own little slice of paradise. A private space in which we can relax and enjoy what nature has to offer.

At least they should be. The problem is that not all gardens are completely private. This is especially the case in urban settings. Often, we are overlooked by neighbors or part of our garden can be seen from the street. If that is the case for you and you want to change that situation, investing in some screen trees could well be the best approach. Below, is a summary of the types of trees that can easily be used for screening.

Leyland Cypress

The best screening trees are evergreen, which means that they provide year-round protection from prying eyes and noise. One of the fastest growing is the Leyland Cypress. It typically grows at a rate of three feet per year.

You can easily buy Leyland Cypress from The Tree Center. They deliver countrywide and do so for free when you order more than $100 worth of trees from them.

However, it is important to understand that these trees can easily reach 35 to 40 feet. This means that they are not suitable for all gardens. It is important to consider the impact they are going to have on the way your garden and that of adjoining neighbors’ looks, once they are mature.

Thuja Green Giant

If you want something that grows at a slightly slower rate the Thuja Green Giant is a potentially good choice. They are still quite tall when mature, but not as tall as the Leyland Cypress. Typically, they reach just 30 feet. Plus the tips are pointed, which allows more light through. This reduces the chances of you or your neighbors experiencing problems as a result of the shadow that they cast. You can also plant these further apart, which you need fewer individual trees to create an effective screen.

Emerald Green Arborvitae

Emerald Green Arborvitae is a beautiful tree. They are tall and slender with a sharp pointy top, which means that they make a beautiful looking screen. Once mature each tree is between 3 and 4 feet wide, so you need to plant quite a few to form an effective screen. However, they are typically cheaper than other popular screening trees. Plus, once they are mature they will only be between 12 and 14 feet tall. This means that they are ideal for small gardens.

A living willow screen

If you only want to create a thin screen, using willow is an excellent way to do it. Potentially, you can grow one by taking some cuttings from a friend´s trees and simply planting them in a row. But, a faster way to do it is to buy more mature willows from a nursery and plant those. There are plenty of suppliers online who sell them for a very low cost.

Caring for your trees

Once you have bought and planted your trees you need to maintain them. You can learn how to do this by reading the articles on this site.



tannawings said...

Interesting read!

I also would consider some bushes. I have a garden and use lilacs. They are hardy as can be, They can grow fairly high though if they arent trimmed- I have one that is abou 18' or so! They also dont tend to shade a whole lot, and the flowers are wonderful. They are kind of slow growing though.
I would LOVE to do cypress, but 40'is a but much!

ellen beck

Janet W. said...

I didn't know much about these trees, but after reading your info, I'd love to have a Emerald Green Arborvitae!

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