The Q&A Archives: Privacy

Question: We have a pool and need more privacy on the side of our chain length fence could you suggest some what kind of trees we may put there to block the view of our neighbors? THANK'S TIM

Answer: Depending on the width of the space, you might try some upright growing arborvitae or junipers (both evergreen) or, if you would prefer a deciduous plant, compact burning bushes or even the traditional clipped privet hedge. These would all grow best in full sun.

If the fence can be extended to a slightly taller height (or a pergola added alongside the pool) you could consider growing a vine on it to soften the look; fall blooming clematis or Virginia creeper would both climb a chain link fence and cover it nicely all summer. The clematis has fragrant white flowers in the fall and the Virginia creeper turns a brilliant red in the autumn.

Your local nurseries or county extension may have additional suggestions based on a more local knowledge of the growing conditions and soil in your particular yard but I hope this gives you some ideas.

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