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IN THE GARDEN with DOUG - GROWING A PRIVACY FENCE with EVERGREENS

We live in a region where we are blessed with many different evergreen shrubs that can be grown to provide privacy.
                The first step to deciding if evergreen shrubs will work in creating the desired privacy is to look at the area.  First, you need to determine the sun exposure.  Is this area in full sun, partial sun, or shade?  Secondly, you need to determine what kind of space you are working with in this area.  What kind of restrictions to do see – any height restrictions due to such things as electrical wire or tall trees?  Are their limitations when it comes to width?  Thirdly, you want to determine how big these shrubs need to ultimately grow in order to create the desired privacy.  Fourthly, you want to call Miss Utility to mark any underground wires that may be in this area.
                Once you have made these observations and answered all questions, now it is time to do some research on plant selection.  If I have said it once, I have said it a thousand times – it is all about RIGHT PLANT, RIGHT LOCATION.  You don’t want to go through all this work and expense to fail.  Come to us or any quality garden center and walk around the nursery and look at plants that will work.  Ask questions of the professional nursery staff for their advice of plant selection.
                Your goal is to find the best shrubs for privacy that grow densely, require little maintenance, and block a view completely.  Very simply put. 
                Now the big question…what choices do I have in plants?
                As I stated in the beginning, here in Central Virginia we are blessed with a good selection of assorted plants that can serve as a growing privacy fence.  Here is a quick list of plants:
  1.  Arborvitae – Emerald Green and Green Giant                   7.  Cryptomeria, Yoshino
  2. Schip Laurel                                                                         8.  Nellie Stevens Holly
  3. Bayberry                                                                               9.  Burford Holly
  4. Ligustrum                                                                             10.   Boxwood
  5. Eleagnus                                                                               11.  Rhododendron
  6. Camellia                                                                               12.  Hicks Yew
You may notice the absence of Red Tip Photinia and Leyland Cypress from this list.  Both these plants are having issues in our region.  I almost left off Emerald Green Arborvitae from this list because so many of you live in deer country.  Emerald Green Arborvitae is like candy to deer.  The Green Giant is somewhat deer resistant – notice I didn’t say deer proof.
Everyone’s planting area is different.  What you may see and like in another landscape may not be suitable with your situation. 
If you have the space, I like cluster planting. This is accomplished by strategically installing plants in groups of three or five.  I think cluster planting makes for an attractive screening.
Another option is to stagger rows of shrubs instead of a straight line.
Also, if space is no issue then consider planting a mix of different evergreens.  A mixed planting will increase biodiversity by creating habitat for beneficial insects, birds, and animals.  By attracting these beneficial insects and animals, you may find that they successfully keep populations of pest insects in check.
                                                                HAPPY GARDENING !!
                                
Posted: 9/12/2017 by Doug Hensel | with 0 comment(s)
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