The Q&A Archives: Tree planting now?

Question: I live in Illinois and I wnat to plant several trees to create a sight block from the neighbors house. the front of his house looks towards the end of my house & he looks right across my back yard under the deck I just finished. Plus looking for more privacy as well. Part # 1 - Are the tall evergreen trees(tall & narrow type) a good option? I dont want to plant a tree that will grow super tall and have to be topped every so many years, so what are my options. Can you supply pictures of some choices also. This area would have sun in the early part of the day and then not have direct sun again til late afternoon, due to the existing sycamores in the back yard.
Part # 2, Can I plant those still this year? The local stores are clearing out their trees for the season, but is it the wrong time to be planting a tree like that? Thank you so much!

Answer: If plants are on sale now, I'd go ahead and purchase them. Late summer and early fall are actually good times to plant! Just be sure to water them deeply once each week until fall rains take over for you.

Tall, evergreen shrubs would be first on my list: Arborvitae ?Green Giant? (Thuja ?Green Giant?) Introduced by the U.S. National Arboretum. Grow in almost any soil conditions, from sand to clay. Pyramid shape and requires no pruning. Pest resistant, even deer resistant. For a quick hedge or windbreak, plant 5 - 6' apart. For a more gradual hedge, plant 10 - 12' apart. Fast growers. Prune to shape, before spring growth. USDA Zones 2 - 10, H - 60', S - 20', Full sun.

Leyland cypress (Cupressocyparis leylandii) are another choice. These are fast-growing evergreens that grow up rather than out. If a Leyland cypress likes where it is, it can easily put on three or four feet--or more--in a single season. The usual color seen in the marketplace is dark green--that's perfectly fine, but there are also plenty of other colors--bluish-green ('Naylor's Blue'), gold ('Castlewellan Gold'), gray ('Haggerston Grey') and bright green ('Moncal').

Best wishes with your new plants!

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