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Somerset, Texas, zone 9b
Jul 13, 2017 9:52 AM CST
I purchased a 2.5acre land in Somerset, Texas which has wire fencing around it so I want to plant some evergreens to have some privacy. I figured that I will need about 1000 plants. I do not mind starting from seed if it is going to save a lot of money and wont make me lose a lot of time. I also want it to look natural, once they grow up I want to feel like I am in the middle of the nature, not an apartment complex so I will need to mix plant few different types of plants.
What would you guys suggest? What are the best evergreens/blocking plants time/money wise?
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Jul 13, 2017 2:21 PM CST
Coastal redwoods and giant sequoias, grow really fast. Like 6 foot in first year. But ! Check how hot of temps and humidity they can withstand.
They both grow well, hear in mountain's. Also in valley, with our usuall summertime temps of 90s to triple digits, with low humidity.
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Alternate, the two, for contrast.
Redwood green. Sequoia a blueish green. Thumbs up
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
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Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
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@Dave, any suggestions for Texas?
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Name: Dave Whitinger
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Some thoughts:

I used to live in San Antonio and found that Loquat (Eriobotrya japonica) was very popular there. They are an excellent evergreen tree that is not difficult to grow. It can get to 25' high or so, starts from seed, and as an added bonus produces delicious edible fruit.

Mixed in I'd propose Yaupon Holly (Ilex vomitoria) which does very well in that part of Texas. The female yaupons produce striking berries that the birds love.

I'd throw in some Arborvitae (Thuja 'Green Giant') every here and there, too. They can be bought in bulk as little plug plants.
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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Jul 15, 2017 5:37 PM CST
Not fast, but possibly olives...

And how about some tea camellias...

And wax myrtle shrubs... Still not fast growing, but... Planting fast growing stuff is often a mistake.

Around here, people often plant Leyland cypress. And end up replacing them when they start dying a few years later.

What kind of height are you looking for?

Magnolias are cool, and there are shorter varieties, as well as the beautiful specimen that we all think of.

Incidentally, I agree with loquat, and while people often consider ilex vomitoria a weed species, I sure like it for the birds... Just as long as nobody turns it into one of those ugly round balls. Incidentaly, its apparently the only naturally occurring caffeine containing plant for the continual US.

When I googled sumerset, I found mention of dry land farming...
Neat trick if you could pull that off.

2 1\2 acres isn't much, but you should be able to grow a very nice veggie patch.

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