View Single Post
  #10   Report Post  
Old 08-01-2011, 09:39 PM posted to rec.gardens
Brooklyn1 Brooklyn1 is offline
external usenet poster
First recorded activity by GardenBanter: Sep 2010
Posts: 714
Default Arborvitae/Fence Question?? Also.... ( Brooklyn )

On Sat, 08 Jan 2011 08:27:29 -0500, Pat Kiewicz


Like I said, there is a 6 foot high spruce stockade fence on our
property line seperating the 2 houses, but when the nosey jerk neighbor
comes out to smoke his cigarrette out on the back porch, he can clearly
see right over the fence and into our yard, because his back porch floor
is about 3 feet off the ground, and he is albout 6 feet tall, so that
gives him a 9 foot high "lookout" so to speak.

So we want to plant arbovitaes that will grow 9 feet tall or more to
give us some privacy from this creep.

Erect a a trellis just in front of the fence, strategically located to best
block his view while standing on the porch. Plant silver lace vine or
sweet autumn clematis and train them up along the trellis. Either of
these vine will grow up to 20 feet in a season, once established, and it
should only take a season or two for them to cover that trellis.

When one has minimal space a trellis is a good idea. At my last
residence I had a small side yard (about 25'), for privacy on my patio
I planted grapes on a trellis; they grew fast and gave excellent
coverage... of course they are deciduous. I had no neighbor problem
but just wanted some screening. I don't particularly like arborvitae
for a privacy screen, they are prone to many diseases and are not very
hardy and long lived... if after a few years one or more die then
there will be a big problem to fill that gap. For a conifer screen I
much prefer Canadian hemlock, they readily take shearing/pruning, do
well in partial shade, and can be planted crowded together for a very
dense screen.