Privacy Hedg (tall And Fast Growing) - Knowledgebase Question

Shichkshinny, PA
Question by mwzimmer
June 29, 2000
Our backyard sits approx. 6-8feet below the road thus leaving it open for every car that passes by a good lookinto our back yard. I would like to plant a "privacy hedge" that will conceal our yard. The land is sloping and does not look like it could sustain trees. So our next hope is that a shrub can be recc. We would prefer one that will not attract bats. Any help/suggestions would be appreciated.


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Answer from NGA
June 29, 2000

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I am not aware of any particular type of shrub being especially attractive to bats, so your plant selection will depend on the growing conditions you have to offer. If the soil tends to be dry, which it often does on a slope, you might try an upright or narrow form of the evergreen juniper. If the soil is average you might try juniper, arborvitae, privet or even forsythia. In a moister soil you could try the shrubby type of dogwood such as the red twigged variety. All of these prefer a sunny location.

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