The Q&A Archives: Landscaping for Privacy

Question: Land adjacent to ours will soon be subdivided. What trees & shrubs can we plant to discourage trespassing & assure some privacy? Deer are a problem, and there's no nearby water source. We had been baling hay on this property, so it has been fertilized and limed.

Answer: Pines are good candidates, as their thickly-needled branches muffle sound, aren't particularly interesting to deer, and are grow relatively quickly. They do need soil on the acid side (pH 5-6.5) and will require some extra care until they are established. Any newly planted landscape will need additional moisture during the first year while the plants are "getting their feet under them." A straight line of drip irrigation is the easiest method of ensuring the plantings get dependable moisture. Some people discourage trespassing with prickly shrubs such as barberry and holly; both are attractive landscape plants in all seasons, and prefer acidic soils, too. Your extension office should have pamphlets on preparing your landscape for planting if you need specifics, or contact us for more information. Best of luck!

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