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Sylvania, OH
May 12, 2020 5:56 PM CST
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I'm looking for advice for a tree or shrub(s) that I could plant to screen my children's playset from the road. The space is narrow-approximately 3 feet wide x 10 feet long between the playset and nearby split rail fence. To complicate things further, the cable line runs through this area, so I'm looking for something I can plant in a raised bed. Any suggestions? Wish I could just use some other type of fence, but our HOA restricts us to split rail. Thanks in advance for the much needed advice! We're in zone 6!
Name: Lynda Horn
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May 13, 2020 12:27 AM CST
Is the cable line buried or in the air? How much sun does this area receive? The answers to these questions will help determine what you could grow.
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Sylvania, OH
May 13, 2020 2:53 PM CST
Thanks for asking-the line is buried, which is why im limited to things I can grow in a raised bed. The area is full sun at present, but will likely be part sun after I plant a tree nearby to the south
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May 13, 2020 6:11 PM CST
Old fashioned tall cannas are planted as fat root and grow in one summer to 6 feet. I dont think you should plant anything woody over a cable even in a raised bed.
The cannas would die when it freezes and have to be dug up and stored, or buy new ones each year.
Even with a raised bed I am cautious to plant anything big right over cable
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Name: sumire
Reno, Nevada (Zone 6a)
May 13, 2020 11:46 PM CST
Maybe an annual like sunflowers? (At least until it is too shady...) Can you trellis something or would that make the HOA mad?

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