How to Create a Natural Fence With Trees and Shrubs

Posted on February 5, 2018 By

Growing a green wall is not a difficult project for that home landscaper. The first and most important consideration is function; generally home owners are looking for privacy without constructing a solid fence. The variance is to camouflage an existing wall. In either case evergreen bushes or trees are the only method to go if you' re looking for year round visual break. The most effective planting are layered with over story trees and understory shrubs. If you have the room for trees and there are no overhead power lines to consider, you can plant a row of trees, in a verity of configurations.

How to plant a green fence: Variations in planting trees are limitless, depending on the species of your choice, you can plant them close together so that as they mature, they become a strong and strong barrier. Plant your trees one leaning right one leaving left and bind the trees where they touch each other to create a pattern in your living fence; This is often done with fruit trees. Espalier is another variation on the living fence. Fruit trees are trained into a flat plane creating a green fence.

Shrubs help create the privacy you want in short order, fast growing species commonly used using phytonia, red colored leaves grow intoense hedges when pruned. Oleander is a hardy flowering species that does well in difficult locations. Pampas grass makes ornamental barrier with tall feathery plumes.

How to select your Tree Species: One good way to find the best kind of trees to use for your project is to look for that are doing well in your area, look for immature and mature examples. Visualize the trees in your location. Do you have power lines? Will the trees need to be topped for any reason? It' s probably best to chose trees that will not need future maintenance such as topping for any reason other than to try your hand at pollarding.

How to turn your green fence into a work of art: Working with the trunks of living trees is an old art form called arborsculpture. You can plant your trees in such a way so you can start bending and grafting them into shapes of you own choosing. A living chair? How about a ladder grown with 2 trees with the rungs grown from grafted branches. The grafting is as simple shaving a little bark off where you want the trees to grow together and tying them with stretch tie. As these trees grow they cast the new shape and grow together where grafted. Imagine incorporating other items into your growing trees like stained glass, plumbing for fountains, or pottery. An item inserted into growing trees becomes something called an inclusion.

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