How to Plant a Privacy Tree Fence

Having privacy from neighbours and street traffic is something most homeowners enjoy having. No matter how pleasant your relationship is with your neighbours, you still may not like them looking down at you while sitting in your garden from their upstairs balcony.  Having your own space is a natural desire, and it also can be useful for providing security for your property in other ways as well.

What you can do to ensure your privacy is planting privacy trees to form a natural fence that will not only limit your neighbours and street passers’ view, but it has many other advantages as well such as adding a sense of symmetry to your outdoor landscaping efforts.

how to plant privacy trees

Advantages of having Privacy Trees

But, before talking about how to plant privacy trees, let’s take a look at all the benefits you’ll get by having a natural fence.

  • First, it’ll give your garden a better look. You can choose evergreens to have a nice, green natural fence, or deciduous trees to have a colorful fence full of flowers.
  • Second, it’ll help reduce the street noise acting as a sound barrier.
  • Third, it’ll help protect your property from strong winds.
  • Fourth, it’ll act as a snow fence, reducing the snow.

Now that you know all the benefits you can get from planting privacy trees, you should learn few things about choosing the right trees and the process of planting.

Privacy Tree Fence Ideas

1. The Right Type of Tree

That’s right. It’s not just planting any tree, but a specific type according to your privacy needs. For example, deciduous trees provide a better-looking fence due to the fall colours or spring flowers.

However, they don’t give a year-round screen, unlike the evergreens. If you’re looking for screening all year long, reduced wind, snow, and noise, you should go with evergreen trees.

2. The Height of Your Tree Fence

Deciding the exact height of your tree fence is another important thing you should consider when planting. To get a visual image of how high you want your fence to be, place a ladder or ask someone to stand where you are planning to put the trees.

For example, if you like a tall, evergreen fence, the Green Giant Arborvitae and American Arborvitae are excellent choices. The first one can grow up to 60’, while the latter from 40’ to 60’.

Besides trees, there’s the option of choosing shrubs. Good examples of deciduous shrubs are the fast-growing North Privet and Rose of Sharon.

If you like evergreen shrubs, then Nigra Arborvitae and Emerald Arborvitae are excellent choices. The first one can reach up to 30’, whereas the latter up to 15’.

Emerald Arborvitae

3. The Available Space

Realizing how much width you have available determines the number of rows and type of trees you’ll use. So, if there’s a lot of space, you might do a double or triple row.

However, a tighter place requires a certain type of trees such as the narrow American Arborvitae with a pyramid shape. It can reach up to 15’ in width, but you can trim it shorter to keep it tidier.

4. Choosing the Right Tree

This involves choosing the right tree according to the available space, desired height, appearance and purpose of the natural fence.

Think carefully about each of these aspects, and you’ll get the tree fence you desire.

North Privet privacy fence

5. Rows & Spacing

To decide the number of rows, you need to know the available space and the density of your desired screen. Also, you should pay attention to the width of the crowns before determining the spacing between rows.

At least, plant your privacy trees at a 12”-24” distance measured from the plant’s center to prevent root crowding. Of course, the type of tree will determine the spacing, as well as how close you want the trees to be when mature.

For example, if you choose cedars, junipers, or similar evergreen trees, make sure you leave 6 to 8 feet distance between them.

If you use spruce trees and pines, plant them at a 10 to 12 feet distance apart. And, if your choice is American Arborvitae, it’s enough to leave 3 feet between the trees.

6. Mark the Planting Area

The next step is marking the location of your trees using wooden stakes. Put them in the ground at both ends and tie a string between them for a straight line.

Next, put some kind of marker like sprinkler flag on the places your trees should be, based on the desired space you’ve decided before. So, if the right space for your type of trees is 10 feet, put a sprinkler flag at 10 feet, 20 feet, 30 feet, etc.

After planting your privacy trees, it’s best to let them grow naturally, take care of them regularly, and use good pruning techniques.

The Process of Planting

Dig a hole 2-3 times wider than the root ball of the privacy tree you’ve chosen, and as much high as it is. Be careful not to touch it and turn the tree in the desired direction. If there’s a burlap, remove it.

Backfill the hole and make sure the trunk stays straight all the time. Tie a stake loosely to the trunk, or several if the tree is larger, and water it every day, or according to the plant’s demands.

Even though every tree takes time to grow and become part of a natural privacy fence, you can also consider choosing fast-growing trees if you want to have a privacy ASAP.

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