Around the Yard

Planting a Privacy Screen

By: Danny Lipford

Where houses are close together, privacy fences become a “must have” on every homeowner’s wish list. Before you build, however, pause for a moment and consider whether a planted screen would do the trick for you.

Screening plants generally have a softer appearance than a fence or wall. While privacy fences are usually just six feet tall, a juniper or cypress can reach 12 to 18 feet, ensuring your privacy even from a second story window next door.

Keep in mind that plants expand in all directions – so leave plenty of room between young plants and the property line.

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