How to Build a Living Fence

Trees and shrubs provide protection and privacy for private property. Planting deciduous trees and versatile shrubbery around the perimeter of your yard gives your home a buffer from street noise, fluctuating weather, and curious passersby. A living fence is an excellent project for ecologically conscious homeowners who want home seclusion, protection from erosion, or a simpler way to contain pets.

Benefits of a Living Fence

Planting trees and shrubs is an easy way to go green. Plants insulate and shade homes, conserving energy and lowering electricity bills. Trees purify the air, trapping dust and airborne contaminates and releasing oxygen to replenish the environment. Plants also improve home irrigation and prevent soil erosion, improving the health of your garden and grass. Cultivating a living fence also blocks noise pollution, obscures unattractive street views, and provides privacy for you and your family. Living fences are more sustainable than installing wood, metal, or stone fences. A well-pruned living fence adds natural elegance to your yard in addition to providing privacy and containing pets.

How to Grow a Living Fence

prune trees and shrubsBefore creating a living fence, research small trees and shrubs that thrive in your climate. Make sure to choose plant varieties that won’t grow too tall, will require minimal pruning to maintain, and won’t interfere with power lines or sewage pipes. Dwarf trees, fruit trees, or hedge shrubs make a good basis for a living fence. Once you have chosen your plants:

  • Create a frame to train your plants’ growth patterns
  • Plant your saplings beside the frame and anchor the trunk with wire
  • Train your trees over several years by pruning and tying branches into the desired formation

Call the 3am Growers tree nursery to learn the many ways to create a natural privacy screen for your yard.

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