Trees Give You Privacy

Privacy is a common theme throughout our lives today. In the winter, we have the privacy of our homes as we are indoors much of the time.  In the summer, when we are outdoors we also seek privacy.  This can be achieved by a man-made fence of plastic, cement or wood, or a warm, green, living screen of vegetation.  In most cases that curtain of security needs to take a minimal amount of space to create a maximum amount of privacy.

Trees present the most flexibility in height as a living screen. A number of new upright trees recently introduced to the marketplace and grown by Bylands can serve this purpose.   Parkland Pillar® Birch is a very narrow, columnar tree with attractive white bark and fine branching. Purple Spire® and Emerald Spire® Columnar crabapples create beauty from the pink flowers in the summer, thick and rich deep green foliage all summer long, and spectacular deep purple foliage in the autumn. If you have more space and require more height, good choices would be Gladiator® Crabapple, Goldspur® Amur Cherry and Sundancer Poplar. Gladiator’s main feature is the shiny green bronze foliage with a flurry of bright pink flowers in the spring and the leaves then turn a rich, royal purple in the fall.  Goldspur® is a small statured tree that can be grouped together to provide a myriad of textured leaves. During the fall leaf drop, the striking gold, peeling bark is exposed. Sundancer is a highly energized poplar that grows very quickly and still maintains an upright form.  It requires a farther distance from the building or patio since it casts a long shadow because of its 12 meters mature height.

Evergreens with an upright columnar shape that would make excellent screens would include Skybound® Cedar, columnar blue spruce and columnar mugo pine. These evergreens would require an annual light prune to keep them looking tidy. One should remember that a tree that loses its leaves in the fall will allow light in during the winter, while evergreens will block the sun all year round. So, the amount of sun exposure the planting location receives may determine the type of tree you will choose.  If you want shade during summer and sun in the winter then choose a tree that loses its leaves in autumn.  If you want shade and screening all year long then you should consider an evergreen.

Trees and man-made fences both require maintenance. The trees are living and therefore require regular watering during establishment and during periods of drought. They also require fertilizing and weed control and some pruning on an annual basis. Trees are dynamic; they change with the seasons and create a natural environment that can sooth the soul.

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