The Q&A Archives: Planting a privacy hedge

Question: I would like to plant a privacy hedge close to our septic system. The hedge will have to be planted 10-15ft away from the tank. What shrub could safely be planted so close to the tank without fear of roots interfering with the system? Anything beside Arbovitae and Thuja. Thank you for your suggestions and recommendations. Lilly

Answer: Thuja is a good choice for a privacy screen but you might also consider:
Longstalk Holly
This winter resistant element can be either a large shrub or tree, depending on the type of product selected at the landscaping company or store. Although it is called a "holly" the leaves are a beautiful evergreen that look more like mountain laurel than holly. One of the best reasons for selecting the Longstalk Holly is that it not only does well as a winter resistant shrub but it is also extremely heat resistant, making it excellent for climate zones that will warm up in the summer months. The trees will don a beautiful fruit throughout different seasons but especially in the winter, making this an excellent choice to spruce up your winter landscape.

If you are looking for a winter resistant shrub with fruit that won't attract the deer throughout the seasons, the Bayberry shrub is an excellent choice. For those homeowners who enjoy birds munching in the spring, summer and fall months, the wonderful part about the Bayberry shrub is that while the deer stay away, the birds love the fruit on this winter resistant plant. The Bayberry shrub also does well in warm weather and can be planted in shade or full sunshine without being disturbed.

Evergreen Holly
Holly is popular as a Christmas decoration because holly is one of the best available as far as winter resistant plants and shrubs go. Evergreen holly is also one of the most popular winter resistant plants because it also dons beautiful bright berries and elegant, evergreen colored foliage. Although many homeowners believe the Evergreen holly is excellent in all cold climate zones, it really does not do that well in extremely cold climate zones.

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