In recent years the popularity of raised decks and patios has escalated. This creates a problem when a family wants to retreat to their own backyard to relax in privacy. The solution to this common problem is to install a green privacy hedge. This will beautify your outdoor space and create a natural living barrier.
The most popular solution is to install a row of emerald cedars (thuja occidentalis smaragd). When planted 2.5 feet apart, they will form a solid green screen which is much nicer in appearance than a fence. They are evergreen and maintain their bright emerald green colour for all 12 months of the year. They grow 10 to 14 feet in height but they remain narrow—usually about 3 feet wide. They thrive in full sun and evenly moist soil.
Thuja occidentalis ‘Nigra’ commonly known as black cedars is another option. They maintain a darker green colour when adequately fertilized. They do get wider so they require more space in your yard. They grow 15 to 20 feet tall and 5 to 6 feet wide. If you have a large yard, you can save money because you don’t have to buy as many because of their larger size.
Another option is to plant a hedge of Hills yews (Taxus x media Hilli). They are very versatile because they can grow anywhere including both full sun and / or full shade. Yews form a classy, formal looking dark green hedge. They are drought tolerant but they are considered slow growing.
If space permits, you can screen or delineate a large property with spruce trees. White spruce (Picea Glauca) is a variety of spruce native to the North American boreal forests. They have a natural pyramid shape and will grow 50 feet tall and 10 to 15 feet wide. These trees are widely used because of their site adaptability, tolerating lots of different types of soil. They look especially beautiful during the winter months when their branches are tipped with white snow.