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Landscape Screening

Landscape screening is an effective way to provide privacy from a neighbor's yards or a roadway, as well as block or conceal unsightly elements in your yard. Landscape screening can also be used to separate your landscaping from another component in your yard. Landscape screening can result in providing shade, which could result in higher energy efficiency in your home if it blocks the sun from your HVAC unit, or windows.

Evergreen trees and shrubs are typically used in landscape screening because they provide dense, year-round blockage. When designing a hedge, you should plant the trees or shrubs more closely together than usual, which will allow them to grow together to provide complete privacy.

In addition to using trees or shrubs, the use of a trellis can also be quite effective. A trellis can be buried in the ground, or can be supported by stakes that are tied to the legs of the trellis. Then, simply plant an evergreen vine at the base of the trellis, and direct the growth upwards through the arms of the trellis. Vines are typically fast growers with low maintenance, and are an inexpensive way to add privacy to any yard. Vines can also be grown along fences, or up walls. We do not recommend growing vines up houses with wood siding, as the vines can trap moisture and cause rot.

Common plants that are used as screens include the following:

  • Camellia
  • Magnolia
  • Holly
  • Boxwood
  • Cypress
  • Ligustrum
  • Tea Olive
  • Abelia
  • Loropetalum
  • Gardenia
  • Evergreen vines

 

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