Block The View - Knowledgebase Question

Forsyth, IL
Question by Dazeus420
February 4, 2003
i've been trying to find a tree/bush with little to no care that's got a 3' spread and grows to 20-40'. the "american arborvitae" looks to need more care than i care to give. the arbor day foundation suggested the skyrocket juniper. it doesn't seen to have the coverage i'm looking for. and a hedge is out of the question with all the trimming that comes with it. if you have any ideas i would love to hear from you. please help.


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Answer from NGA
February 4, 2003

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and sooner than waiting for a tall hedge to develop.

Sometimes, too, it is effective to place an awning or trelliswork or vine covered arbor to shield a window or patio to avoid being overlooked, or to use a large deciduous tree as a visual foil and overhead protection -- although it does not fully block the view year round, it provides a psychological sense of separation especially during the summer months when you would normally be outside. Also, when space is at a premium, a tree has a small footprint, just its trunk, while the branches can reach far and wide.

I hope this gives you some ideas. Your local nursery may also be able to suggest some plants based on a more detailed knowledge of the site and what you are trying to accomplish -- and your budget and time frame. Good luck with your planting! and sooner than waiting for a tall hedge to develop.

Sometimes, too, it is effective to place an awning or trelliswork or vine covered arbor to shield a window or patio to avoid being overlooked, or to use a large deciduous tree as a visual foil and overhead protection -- although it does not fully block the view year round, it provides a psychological sense of separation especially during the summer months when you would normally be outside. Also, when space is at a premium, a tree has a small footprint, just its trunk, while the branches can reach far and wide.

I hope this gives you some ideas. Your local nursery may also be able to suggest some plants based on a more detailed knowledge of the site and what you are trying to accomplish -- and your budget and time frame. Good luck with your planting!

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