Camilla Landscape Design Bye Bye Neighbor

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Bye Bye Neighbor

Posted March 1st, 2015 by nicole

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We have a great need to socialize yet WE RELISH OUR PRIVACY and quiet time.

Here are some of the requests we have satisfied:

  1. “I work hard – I just want to come home and relax in my backyard.”

Solution: Dense screening hedge of either Norway Spruce, staggered, or mixed evergreens such as hemlock, holly, cedar and arborvitae, depending on light, soil moisture and deer pressure.

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  1. “I just want something pretty to look at.”

Solution: Focus the view. A clipped dark green hedge of yew around the backyard that forms a backdrop from which to set off a beautiful perennial border.   OR

A mix of flowering trees and shrubs along the sides of the property that blocks the view of the neighboring houses and draws the eye to the backyard entertainment area.

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  1. “I can‘t stand the traffic noise at rush hour.”

Solution: Solid board fencing lined with plantings that “soften” the fence, such as rose, lilac, hydrangea, and grasses, to name a few. While a row of evergreens can help to muffle noise, solid fencing or stone walls provide better noise control, in general.

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  1. “It’s too windy up here.”

Solution: Staggered rows or groupings of evergreens, sited on the northwest side of the property, help to break up surging gusts and mitigate the airflow. Maximum wind protection occurs in a range that is 5 to 8 times the height of the plant.

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  1. “I don’t want to feel boxed in.”

Solution: Open and airy screening, such as a trellis covered with flowering vines, or a tree carefully sited to block a bad view only from a particular vantage point.

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A garden with strong architectural lines such as a boxwood parterre with a stunning sculpture or focal point that commands attention.

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  1. “I don’t have much room but want some privacy.”

Solution: “Living walls”, only 6” wide, provide a textural tapestry with low-maintenance plants such as sedums and grasses. OR

Create lower-scale screening, dividing the landscape into rooms.

  1. “I care about the environment and animals and don’t want to exclude them from my property, but I don’t want everything wide open.”

Solution: Mixed native plantings with hedgerows for habitat. Tall prairie grasses. Create a savannah with a few selected trees.

 

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  1. “I don’t want to spend a fortune.” OR

“I’m old and don’t have much time left!! Get me something to grow QUICK!!”

Solution:

Fast growing evergreens such as Leyland Cypress (coastal regions) or fastigiate White Pines. Inexpensive bushes that grow rapidly such as forsythia and Rose-of-Sharon. Young birches planted tightly and clipped into a hedge. Shrubby red- and yellow-twig dogwoods for the wet areas.

Weigela can make an attractive, fast-growing hedge.

 

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