Landscaping Ideas for Privacy

A little privacy is at times all we need. However, privacy is never always as simple, and it doesn’t usually come any easy.

While the obvious choice would be to put up a fence since they are easy to erect, another option is the use of plants which unlike fences can offer a more natural appeal that is if you have both the space that can accommodate them and several years.  For more information about tree trimming give us a call today at: (512) 520-0201 and ask us any questions you may have or get a free quote.

In recent time, the use of shrubs and trees to provide privacy has been a prominent debate not just in Texas but across various states. As such, this excerpt is about to address the top 5 privacy screens and why.

Important Tips:

Before getting on the shrubs and trees, it is essential to keep in mind a few tips to help you get the best of them. As a first, begin by measuring how tall your plant will grow to get an overview of the privacy you are looking for. If you want privacy for your two-story building which is overlooking your backyard, you can hold a wood molding or PVC pipe so you identify the line of sight you ought to block. Put blue tape rings at increments of 1-foot to assess the feet of green screening needed.  Also it is important to note that tree trimming and shrub trimming will come into play with how wells these particular plants work for you and your needs for privacy.

Ensure you have the horizontal room to allocate to the screening plant/plants. Many such hedges grow as tall as they do wide and as such ensure that they will not encroach on your gardening or entertaining space.

Top 5 best shrubs and trees (screens)

To guide you through, here is a list of screens from the tallest down to the shortest in that order.

1.) Eastern red-cedar (Height: 35 ft.; Width: 30 ft.)

It is native cedar commonly found on the Metro-plex hills. The shrub has however grown more mainstream in commercial and urban landscaping although only in areas which boast generous room, particularly in rural settings.

Stagger your plant on between 18 ft – 20 ft. Centers to offer a more natural appeal. For the fastest results, begin with knee-high plants. Why? Larger plants are costlier and are usually susceptible to more transplant shock.

2.) Little Gem Southern magnolia (Height: 30 ft.; Width: 25 ft.)

This plant is a dwarf type of the famous East Texas native. These plants grow relatively slowly and as such, begin with larger or mid-sized plants. It is attractive and used together with red-cedars offering a stunning contrast in texture.

 3.) Nellie R. Stevens holly (Height: 15-18 ft.; width: 12 ft.)

This is perhaps among the best choice if you need privacy, especially in an urban landscaping project. This lovely shrub grows well both on shade or sun. It features large berries (red) during the winter once it is well-established.

 4.) Oakland holly (Height: 12 ft.; Width: 6 ft)

A relatively new inclusion into the nursery sector in the last two decades, this shade or sun plant comprises pyramidal growth and large leaves. It is a stunning large shrub.

 5.)Willow-leaf holly / Needlepoint (height: 8-10 ft.; width: 6-8 ft.)

This is a plant which is largely suited to both the Texas climate as well as soil. Willow-leaf holly boasts a relaxed growth habit and reliably bears showy fruit across the entire winter. Moreover, it also blooms both in shade or sun.

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