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mrichman333
May 1, 2021 8:40 AM CST
Thank You! I line in East TN with a great view of the mountain, only I also have a great view of my neighbors back yard and all his trailers. I'd like to plant green giant arborvitaes to block the view of his trailers. Problem, we are up higher then he is and we have a lot of space between us. We had a arborist/landscaper come out and he couldn't tell us.

Our property line is about where the tinny tree in the photo is.

Thanks
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Name: Amanda
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pepper23
May 2, 2021 10:53 AM CST
That's your neighbor's place down there right? I don't think you will need to go that high but do you want evergreen or would a mix of different tall shrubs work for you? Holly would work plus be beneficial to wildlife. You might be able to do small trees like dogwood, redbuds, crabapples.

mrichman333
May 2, 2021 2:20 PM CST
[quote="pepper23"]That's your neighbor's place down there right? I don't think you will need to go that high but do you want evergreen or would a mix of different tall shrubs work for you? Holly would work plus be beneficial to wildlife. You might be able to do small trees like dogwood, redbuds, crabapples. [/

Thank you. What is hard to tell from the photo is that we are a lot higher then the neighbor and look down on his property.
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Ivan_N_Tx
May 2, 2021 3:23 PM CST
Just looking at it, you probably need something the same size as the tree to the right of the tiny one which is (I'm guessing) 25-30' tall. The Green Giants would definitely be the fastest fix and can grow to 40' but might cover half of your mtn view down the line. There are some evergreen shrubs like photinia that would get 12-15' that would cover up to the eave of his house and make a solid evergreen hedge, Ligustrums or privets can get that tall, too. It's just that they might take 10 yrs whereas Thuyas or Pines could do it in 5. Hedges are terrible trash collectors though. I think I'd probably go with your initial idea due to the time factor.
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deepsouth
May 9, 2021 10:18 AM CST
might consider a "2 phase" approach

the 1st phase is long term
the 2nd phase is short term

the first phase will take a while to reach potential ...in the meantime, the 2nd phase will block out the "view" in 2-3 years

once 1st phase reaches the desired height - it will be time to remove 2nd phase

1st phase -

plant the green giant arborvitaes at bottom of your hill .....since at maturity they have an open "V" shape between them ..... stagger them, so one tree will be in front of 2 trees - that will close the "V" opening & will provide "blocking" in the crowns of the trees

2nd phase -

planted at same time as 1st phase

just beyond your bed in the foreground of first picture, plant a mix of plants mentioned by

@pepper23
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@Ivan_N_Tx

I might add ....Indian Hawthorn, Native Rhododendron, Azalea, Camellia and/or Gardenia


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Peggy8b
Jun 7, 2021 3:15 PM CST
I was just jumping in here to say a long bank of Rhododendrons (the re-blooming varieties would be my preference) or their cousins, Azaleas (taller varieties), would block a lot of view as well as provide lots of color for you and all to see. Looks like you have the room for them to spread, too. Suitable for Zones 6-9 according to most sources. I can't grow Rhodies here in Texas or I'd have them everywhere. They are just gorgeous! Azaleas will grow here in acidic soils. https://www.gardenia.net/guide...
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