?? shrubs for privacy

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Old 03-05-05, 11:28 PM
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?? shrubs for privacy

In need of a privacy fence, but I have a very long property, 250 X 70ft. I live on a highway and have children; a 6ft min would be needed. Unfortunately the cost is !! Over 2thou for one of the 4 sides! Soooo, now I am considering a hedge. I prefer no evergreen as we have a lot of that around these parts already (NW Washington state). Something that I can trim for clean form, like a boxwood?? I have been surfing and reading for over a week now and am not coming up with anything that sounds good. Any suggestions on a type of shrub to use? As I said, at least 6ft high, and not that wide, foliage needs to be from the ground up to keep babies in the yard. My ground is dense, with clay and rocks (another issue altogether) so it must be hardy. Thank you so much for any feedback..…tina
 
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Old 03-06-05, 06:27 AM
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Privacy hedge

Privet is one of the fastest growing and least expensive hedges. It grows tall and dense. Hedge rows will need to maintained with pruning to keep a neat appearance. Thus, they can be labor intensive. Privet, like boxwood, is an evergreen. An evergreen hedge will provide privacy year round. It tends to survive in less than desirable soil.
 
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Old 03-06-05, 09:54 AM
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Thank you twelvepole, I will do my research on this privet. And year round is exactly what I am looking for. Although I don't mind pruning and maintaining. Gardening is my relax and contemplate time, and gives me something to do while the kids are playing.
 
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Old 03-06-05, 01:36 PM
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laurel

A thought....what about laurel? I have heard that it doesn't and does do well in sun. Anyone have any experience with say Kalmia Latifolia? thanks....
 
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Which laurel? Otto Leuken is a nice plant, attractive, evergreen, but does not grow especially fast. It may take 5 - 8 years to reach 6 feet tall.

To fence the distance you need will necessitate many plants, making any choice an expensive proposition by sheer numbers.

It might be productive to talk to someone from your local county extension service for recommendations on which plants do best in your locale. These folks are quite knowledgeable and helpful on the subject of plant selection for your area.

Hope this helps.
 
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Old 03-30-05, 08:14 AM
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Angry Privet for Privacy?

We moved to the country for privacy and every year the neighboring farmers cut down more and more trees. Now this year they've decided to clear the treeline on either side of our 2 acre property, raising the noise from the highway and tractors to a new level and ruining the view. As we can't afford to fence, we have started planting privet on two sides of our house, but are worried we'll feel "boxed in" our own yard and not be able to block out enough noise. Is this our best option? (next to moving?)
 
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Given sufficient space, you could plan a mix of berms and shrubs and trees of varying sizes to provide not only sound control but also pleasure for the eye. With two acres, you should have enough space to think about this. I used this technique to control noise and improve the view from the house for the busy road out front. It is only 90 feet to the road. It was pleasing to find that a berm with shrubs and trees could make so much difference in only a couple of years.

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Old 04-03-05, 05:32 PM
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privet pickle....

Ok, the Amur river privet looks to me what I want, but I am having a hard time finding a local nursery with any. One told me that it is not “hardy” in this area. Zone 8, North West Washington area that is. Any truth to this? I would hate to buy (100+) plants and have them do less than desirable. Thank you. On the other hand there is a mail order nursery in Nebraska that has them very cheap, probably a little smaller than I want. I have never ordered plants by mail, let alone that many. Bad idea?? Anyone with any mail order knowledge? -tina
 
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Old 04-04-05, 12:37 PM
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Amur North Privet is hardy in zones 3- 9. A fast-growing plant, it should make a reasonable size quickly. I usually buy smaller plants to save money. Most small plants grow rapidly enough. I have bought many plants by mail order and have been satisfied. If you need many plants, a local nursery may be able to order the entire lot for you through its usual supplier affording you a good price while boosting its business with the supplier.

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