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Spring is the Best Time to Plant a Privacy Screen


If you’ve been thinking about a green privacy screen, springtime is the best time of the year to get started. Trees planted in the spring of the year will have the whole growing season to get established. In most cases, they will be on their own and not need any special attention the following year. A regular watering schedule will help your trees establish strong root systems for years to come.


Privacy trees are trees that we plant in rows to act as screens that block an unwanted view out of, or into, our property. In addition to providing privacy, these living fences also block noise, reduce air pollution, and slow the wind. We love the appearance of a living privacy fence, and appreciate the backdrop it provides for the ornamental plantings in our landscape.


What About the Trees?

Ideal privacy trees are evergreen, have dense foliage, grow quickly, are sturdy enough to withstand strong winds, and have few disease and pest problems. And they should look nice too.

leyland cypress
Leyland Cypress are a great choice to fill space and line walkways

Perfect Plants offers several kinds of trees that are suitable for privacy screens.

Leyland cypress grows fast to 50-60 feet, and quickly fills the gaps between individual trees spaced 5-8 feet apart. Japanese cedar, Italian cypress, American arborvitae, and Canadian hemlock are all good choices for tall privacy screens. The picturesque Emerald Green Arborvitae is popular because it doesn’t grow more than 2-3 feet wide and doesn’t require any pruning. It’s a shorter tree, though, reaching just 12 feet in height at maturity.

For really big screens, consider Leyland Cypress and Excelsa Cedar (a cultivar of giant arborvitae), both of which can get up to 20 feet wide. Douglas Fir and giant arborvitae get even bigger, growing as wide as 40 feet at maturity.

But our very favorite tree for privacy screens is the Thuja ‘Green Giant’. These beauties can put on 3-5 feet of height per year, and reach a mature height of 30-40 feet. They are adaptable to most soil types, and they are tolerant of drought. The ultimate fast growing tree!

Stay tuned for next week’s addition of guidelines in Perfect Plants’ Grow Guide for Thuja ‘Green Giant’, and you can’t go wrong.

Whatever kinds of trees (and you can mix and match!) you choose for your privacy screen, you can be sure they will arrive from Perfect Plants healthy, vigorous, and ready for planting.  The shipping specialists at Perfect Plants carefully package your trees using a proven packaging method so that regardless of how the box is handled, the plants inside will not be damaged. We usually send out orders on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays by FedEx so your plant(s) arrive before the weekend.

You can also check out the blog post on Where to Plant the Thuja Green Giant.

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