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

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

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


  1. tannawings
    December 24, 2017 / 4:46 am

    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

  2. Janet W.
    December 25, 2017 / 2:35 pm

    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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