Planting well-chosen plants and trees can provide you the privacy you desire in your yard. If you’d like to enjoy your garden without having to worry about your nosy neighbors, consider using trees as a natural screen barrier. Trees not only block someone’s view, but also block out noise.
Here’s how to plant trees for backyard privacy.
1. Assess your landscape. Determine which areas need a little extra coverage. You’ll need to consider the natural landscape of your home. For example, if the house sits higher than the yard, you want trees that can cover the windows to afford you more privacy. Use tall shrubs and trees for areas where you can’t place a fence. Also, measure how wide an area you have to create a plant barrier. Big trees need lots of room so make sure you have adequate space for it.
2. Check inside your home and see which windows look out towards someone else’s window. If you can see through theirs, chances are, your neighbors can also see what is going on in yours.
3. Choose your trees wisely. Willow, American Sycamore and Poplar trees are commonly used. A good option for quick growing, low maintenance trees is the Leyland Cypress tree. It grows at about three to four feet a year and has a beautiful pyramid shape to its foliage. It is highly adaptable in different climates and soil conditions. It is a solid and sturdy tree so it can also act as a wind barrier. With a Leyland Cypress, you can have a year round privacy screen since it has leaves all year long.
Another tree option is the Thuja Green Giant Evergreen. This tree grows between three to five feet a year and is very easy to maintain. It resists most diseases, is sturdy, has a natural cone shape and even gives off a nice, fresh, clean scent.
If you want dramatic color, go with a Dynamite Crape Myrtle, which has beautiful red hues. For an Asian theme, why not try bamboo trees.
4. Place trees near the perimeter of your property but not flushed against the fence. Make sure there are no pipes or other underground work that will interfere with the growth of the tree. You don’t want the roots of your tree to go past your fence and cause damage to your neighbor’s property. This can become a costly problem when your tree reaches its full height.
5. Plant trees at least five to six feet apart to allow for good root growth, depending on the variety. Other trees need a distance of at least twelve feet between trees.
6. Ensure good soil. Trees love good moist soil, especially for the Sycamore and Willow. Get a good mix of compost and soil in your garden.
7. When purchasing the tree, get the biggest one. Bigger and older trees can survive replanting better and will be easier to care for.
If you can’t decide what tree to buy, consult with the people in the garden store. They should be able to give you excellent suggestions and advice on what trees and varieties to pick for your specific region.