The Q&A Archives: Hedging on a budget

Question: HI! We've recently purchased a home in Faribault MN with a rather unappealing view of a building near our back yard. We'd like to plant a hedge that will grow fast and thick, stay evergreen thru winter, and that won't break the bank. Our property line is about 130 feet and its sloped. It gets mostly sun, south side of property. Any suggestions??

Answer: Some of the more commonly grown hedging plants such as Leyland Cypress and red tip photinia will be less expensive than less commonly grown plants. You might want to browse through your local nurseries to see what's on sale A few other options include Limber Pine, Austrian Pine, Japanese Black Pine, Chinese Holly and Chinese Privet. "Fast-growing" is a relative term; the better you prepare the growing site and care for the trees during their first few years, the faster they should fill the space to provide a screen.

Best wishes with your new hedging screen!

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