Most people prefer not to be overlooked while in their backyard, but privacy is often hard to find in densely populated towns and cities. However, it is possible to use screening trees to provide you with the solitude you need and add a touch of sophistication to even the smallest space. If you’re considering ways to block off your outdoor haven from prying eyes, take a look at these top tips for choosing the right screening trees for any garden.
Evergreens are a hugely popular choice for both screening and fencing because they grow quickly into an appealing, natural shape. The majority of evergreens need minimal maintenance and grow naturally in a cylindrical or cone-like shape that increases privacy and blocks wind to create a more sheltered space. Evergreens are fairly dense and can live at least 50 years.
To create a screen with evergreen trees, plant a back line of fast growing trees and a front row of slower growers. This will help to fill in any gaps and create a dense covering quickly. The most popular evergreens used for screens and fencing include Leyland Cypress and Thuja Smaragd Emerald. Photinia Red Robin can be raised to sit over the top of fences and has attractive red and green leaves that look incredible in autumn. The tree can be trimmed every year to create a formal screen.
Deciduous trees don’t grow as densely, so won’t provide as much privacy as evergreen varieties. However, they will create a useful wind break to protect your garden from the elements. That said, deciduous trees lose their leaves each winter, which means they won’t give as much coverage during the colder months. Hybrid Willows and Poplars are the most widely used deciduous trees for screening and fencing. Willows can grow up to six feet each year and poplars can reach up to 70 feet within their lifetime. Both varieties are adaptable to different conditions and climates and resistant to disease. The Hornbeam is an ideal alternative to evergreens, particularly in clay heavy soil or where structure, form and shape are required. The Hornbeam’s leaves turn an attractive golden hue in autumn which is ideal for adding a touch of color when summer growth has died down.
Not many people choose flowering trees to screen their garden as they shed blossom onto the ground and have more widely spaced branches which don’t provide much privacy. They’re often difficult to manipulate into the shape you want and need to be planted further apart than other varieties. However, there are some flowering trees that can be used for fencing or screening and create a stunning focal point in your garden. For example the Dynamite Crape Myrtle can reach up to 30 feet tall and produces bright red flowers throughout the summer. Cherry blossoms are fairly easy to grow and produce beautiful pink and white flowers.
So if you want a natural and attractive way to turn your outside area into a more private space, then screening trees could be exactly what you’re looking for!
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