Plants are wonderful things. They give us oxygen, they give us beauty, they give us joy: but they also give us a number of architectural options for privacy. We can use them to create zones, and seclusions, and privacy. Here are a few factors to consider when choosing trees for privacy in your outdoor space.

Privacy Screen Height and Width

When choosing the right privacy tree for your home, you need to consider the adult size of the plant. Once the plants are fully developed, you need to make sure that they reach the correct height for the desired screen. On the one hand, you need plants tall enough to cover a particular landscape. However, you don’t want it to be too tall to reach overhead power lines and put your home at risk.

Width is another important consideration when choosing trees for privacy. When planting around an adjacent house, you should ensure that the tree doesn’t intrude their land. The full width of mature plants also determines the spacing between them. The screen may initially have a large gap between each plant, but it will work overtime.

Amount of Usable Space

In addition to the size of the trees themselves, the garden size should also be taken into account. If you have a small garden, choose small and thin trees to make the most of your space. If you have more space, you may be able to afford to lose some of the space to thicker and larger trees.

If you plan to place a tree on a sidewalk, driveway, or patio, think about how its roots will grow underground. Also, be careful not to plant trees too close to your sidewalk. When the roots are scattered under the sidewalk, it can be pushed upward, forming cracks and uneven patches.

Level of Maintenance

Another important consideration for homeowners is how much to invest in maintenance costs and time. Some hedges must be trimmed regularly to be tidy. For some, it may be too much work and also costly.

If you are looking for a maintenance-free privacy tree, consider choosing a medium to high altitude evergreen tree. Cone or pyramid-shaped trees are an excellent choice as they do not require much pruning.

Planting trees around your home is both good for the environment as well as your home’s appearance. It is essential to take these considerations into account to achieve the ideal privacy screen for your home.


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