The Top 5 Evergreen Trees for Privacy
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There’s nothing better than spending time in your yard, barbecuing, chatting with friends and family, playing with your kids, or just lounging and taking in the fresh air. However, if your yard isn’t wide open, you may feel like you are on display when you’re outside, and that lack of privacy can detract from your enjoyment.
While a fence can certainly provide the privacy you’re looking for, if you’re trying to maintain a natural look for your landscape, evergreen trees are a far better option. They add stunning visual appeal that will only enhance the beauty of your yard. Plus, as the name suggests, evergreens retain their foliage throughout the year, and they’re easy to maintain, so you’ll always have privacy.
Creating a privacy screen with evergreen trees is pretty simple; however, choosing the right
trees can be a bit confusing. There are several species of evergreens that thrive on Long Island, but the spiky foliage and sparse branches of some make them less than ideal for privacy purposes.
Here’s a look at five different species of evergreen trees with relatively soft needles and dense foliage that will create beautiful privacy for your yard.
Juniper trees do very well on Long Island. Their needles have a lovely icy blue color, and they are very low-maintenance. Plus, they establish themselves very quickly, so you’ll be able to take advantage of the privacy they create in no time.
There are a few different species of Juniper. Skyrocket Junipers are a great choice for a smaller space, as they grow tall, yet narrow (about 3 feet wide and 20 feet high). To maximize privacy screening, plant these trees close together. For a larger space, Wichita Blue Junipers are a great choice. This species grows about 5 feet wide and 15 feet high, so you won’t need as many to create a screening effect.
These dense evergreen trees are excellent for privacy. Their needles are flat, grayish-green in color, and their branches are narrow and grow in an upward direction, so in addition to privacy, they’ll create stunning visual appeal for your landscape.
Leyland Cypress trees grow to be about 15 feet wide and can reach heights of up to 60 feet if left untamed. To maintain their beauty, light pruning at least once a year is recommended. Otherwise, they require very little care.
Arborvitaes are one of the most popular evergreen trees used for privacy screening. That’s because they are very dense, which makes it almost impossible to see through them.
Emerald Green Arborvitaes are usually the species chosen for privacy purposes. They grow about 4 feet wide and 15 feet tall, making them a great choice for both large and compact yards. If, however, your property is very large, you might want to consider Green Giant Arborvitaes for your privacy screening needs. They can grow to be about 20 feet wide and 60 feet tall, so you won’t need as many to create a privacy effect. They also fill in rather quickly.
Both of these species of arborvitaes maintain lush, dark green foliage throughout the year.
Eastern Red Cedar
Eastern Red Cedar trees are native to Long Island. In fact, you’ve probably seen them growing in forests and along the side of the road. Since their native to the area, there’s no question that they’ll flourish in your yard.
In addition to being low-maintenance, Easter Red Cedar trees are aromatic. Not only will they create privacy for your yard, but they’ll also add a delightfully fresh scent. The vibrant needles are soft, bluish-green in color, and grow upright. Female trees grow blue berries that birds love to feed on, so if you want to welcome wildlife to your yard, make sure to include some in your yard.
Nelly Stevens Holly
Another excellent choice for privacy screening is the Nelly Stevens Holly tree. Unlike the previously mentioned trees, they don’t have needles, but rather leaves, that remain on the tree all year long. The leaves are dark green and glossy. In the spring, small white flowers bloom, which give way to bright red berries.
This species of holly grows about 10 feet wide and 20 feet tall. And, unlike other holly trees, they grow relatively fast; about 3 feet a year.
For natural privacy in your yard that will make your landscape even more stunning, consider planting any of these evergreen trees. For assistance with planting and maintenance, contact the experts at Competition Tree, Inc. Their crew will ensure your privacy trees will maintain their beauty for years to come.
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