Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Northern California
Re: Privacy Trees Vs. Shrubs -- what would you do?
It might help if we knew more about the space you are trying to create the barrier in....how long is the space? How far is it from the houses-yours and theirs? Is this a country setting or city setting?
Your right, the Spruce (and likely Cedar) grow to a good 60 feet. I'm thinking other options might be better for a quick screening. I've used I think its called Pivot and that grows well, as do camilia's- I have several in my upper yard now and they completely block the view of my neighbors. They require little pruning and what you cut off is easy to dispose of. Each of these are evergreen.
I haven't read about Junipers in awhile but again, I"m thinking they are awful big too.
I use to have those Monterey Cypress lining my property in the front-I have some 15-20 or more of them. Yes, they created quite the barrier but I've got to say it looked bad after so many years. They were very hard to trim and getting rid of the stuff was a hastle. I'm the type of person that doesn't like to do a lot of yardwork type stuff so I let things go a bit at times and payed dearly for it later when they got so big I COULDN'T trim them and had to pay someone to do it for me.
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