Privacy is a beautiful thing when you’re at home. It’s your sanctuary. You don’t want people watching you in your swimming pool or relaxing on your back deck. You don’t want the neighbors to see what you’re doing every time you go outside. If you live on a busy street, you may want a bit of privacy from the traffic. Fences are a great concept, but not every neighborhood homeowner’s association allows the kind of fence that provides you with ample privacy. This is when landscaping is helpful. You can plant privacy trees to help build a natural fence that’s both aesthetically pleasing as well as private. Here are the landscaping tips you need before you start a privacy fence out of greenery.
1- Choose Fast-Growing Trees
Before you start this process, understand that not all privacy trees and shrubs grow quickly. If you’re looking for a quick fix, you should pick the right material to work with. For example, certain arborvitae hedges grow as high as 60 feet, and they grow as many as three feet per year. You want to be sure the item you’re planting grows quickly enough to provide you with the privacy you’re looking for a quickly as possible. If you buy them somewhat mature when you plant them, you can have full privacy in as little as a year.
2- Consider Shrubs Instead of Trees
Not all privacy fences are built of trees. Shrubs can grow quickly, too. Some grow faster than trees, and they’re easier to maintain for some homeowners. Consider this before you commit to a tree. You might find shrubs are more affordable, and they give you precisely what you’re looking for.
3- Know What Grows
Just because a tree or shrub grows so many feet per year does not mean it will grow that way for you. You must take into account what will grow where you live. Some privacy plants don’t grow in certain climates or parts of the country. Others won’t grow in your yard because of the soil or the amount of sunlight you get. Do your research to ensure you’re not planting anything that won’t grow.
4- Know You Might Lose Privacy
You might not always have privacy if you plant shrubs or certain trees. If your primary purpose is to block the neighbor’s view of your yard, you must research what kind of trees and shrubs stay full and private all year. Some, for example, might grow lush and green all summer and lose their leaves in the fall and winter, which means you end up without privacy half the year.
5- Know the Landscape
Don’t just plant something without first considering the landscape. Do you have underground wires or a septic tank to deal with near your planting location? Do powerlines exist where you want to plant a line of trees that might grow 60-feet tall? Know that not everything can work for you if you have certain landscape situations to work with.
6- Consider the Property Implications
Now you must consider your property implications. Remember that anything you plant in your yard could damage your neighbor’s yard. If inclement weather sends a mature tree out of your yard and into theirs, it might damage their home. You could be liable for their home repairs. Remember this when you decide what you’re planting and where you are planting it.
7- Consider Maintenance
What kind of maintenance can you provide your privacy trees? Are you someone with a green thumb who thrives on caring for your landscaping, or are you someone who struggles with keeping anything alive? Choose privacy shrubs or trees that work well with your ability to care for them.
8- Educate Yourself on Space
You must know how much space to give your plants if you want them to grow properly. Few things can be planted too close together or they might not grow well. Learn what works, how far to plant your trees or shrubs from one another and be sure you follow those instructions.
9- Hire A Professional
If you want to be sure your privacy fence made of trees or shrubs is perfect, you should hire a professional. This is a person who knows what grows, what works, what’s safe, and can help you with this process. It’s a lot of work to figure this out, and hiring a landscape professional can give you the ability to save time and money.
A privacy fence constructed of trees and shrubs is lovely, but only if you know what you’re doing. If you’re not willing to put in the time and effort to research and educate yourself about what is required, hire a professional. You have options.