Summer is here and you’re undoubtedly going to want to spend as much time outside as possible. Whether you’re gardening, hosting a barbecue, playing with your kids or simply relaxing on your porch, you may find that you want a bit more privacy from the outside summer noise. Instead of installing a costly fence, consider planting trees to help give your yard a more organic type of privacy. Below is a list of several trees you can easily plant in order to get the privacy you’re looking for.
You may think the Holly is best reserved for wintertime, but planting this tree in the spring or fall is a great way to build a natural barrier around your yard. While blooming, the Holly will blossom beautiful white flowers, and in winter, small red berries will fall from its limbs. American Hollies should be buried roughly 8-10 feet apart to create a natural barrier. While these trees will require some trimming to keep their hedge shape, the American Holly is easily one of the best trees for privacy and keeping deer out of your yard.
Thuja Green Giant
Thuja Green Giants grow quickly and require zero maintenance. Once planted, they typically grow between 2-3 feet each year. If you plant them several feet apart, they will eventually grow close together, creating a perfect enclosure for your yard. If you want a tree that grows rapidly and requires little work, the Thuja Green Giant is the tree for you.
On average, these trees grow up to 10-12 feet wide and 75 feet tall. They also grow extremely quickly, roughly 2-3 feet each year.
Norway Spruces are some of the best trees for privacy, provided you have the space to accommodate them. These trees are some of the easiest trees to plant for privacy. They will grow in any climate, including harsh heats and chilly winters. If planted 12-15 feet apart, these Spruces can reach nearly 50 feet in height, acting as a perfect barrier against loud noise and traffic.
Leyland Cypress trees may be the best way to create a wall around your property without actually building a wall. When planted 10-15 feet apart in rows, these Cypress trees will grow in uniform, creating a natural barrier. They can reach up to 60 feet tall, and will stay green all year long.
Skip Laurels are a great way to provide privacy in a small space. Planted on 3-5 feet spaces, they will provide a dense barrier and reach 15 feet tall and 5 feet wide. Depending on the desirable height, they can be pruned or left free to grow.
Utilize the Best Trees for Privacy
Building a traditional fence around your yard can create an eyesore. Adding the organic beauty of nature to your yard is something you won’t regret. Whether you’re looking to cover your whole yard or just a small section, create barriers high or low, trim up a tree or simply let it be, Epling can help you identify which type of tree is best for your privacy needs.