A privacy hedge can be a wise choice for businesses or homeowners. Living privacy screens suppress noise pollution, provide privacy from neighbors and passersby, improve energy efficiency by blocking wind and creating shade, and nurture the environment by filtering toxins from the air and replacing them with oxygen. How can you plant a privacy screen for your home or business?
How to Plant a Privacy Screen
- Choose your plant. A variety of trees and shrubs make good privacy screens. Hedges create a tighter weave, but don’t grow as tall as trees. Trees provide a wider range of options, but may not provide cover year round. The best trees for privacy screens are evergreens, although ornamental trees can also be used.
- Analyze your space. You’ll want to plant your trees or shrubs far enough apart that they’ll have room to grow, but close enough together that the canopies will weave together. Plant evergreen shrubs 3-4 feet apart, double the distance for evergreen trees, and space deciduous trees according to variety.
- Arrange your plants. To ensure they grow in a straight line, tie string around wooden spikes and border the area where you want your privacy screen.
- Plant your trees or shrubs. Follow planting recommendations, and keep your new privacy screen well watered as the roots establish.
- Train your privacy hedges. Train shrubs to grow into a privacy fence by pruning and shaping them as they grow. Prune the top more than the base to allow sunlight to filter through. If you’re using trees for a privacy screen, allow them to grow naturally. Prune as you would any other deciduous or ornamental tree in the landscape.
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