Privacy Trees: Everything You Need to Know
Would you like to add privacy trees in your yard?
Your home is your sanctuary – a place of rest, rejuvenation, and enjoyment. Adding landscape will bring color and texture to your yard that will create an inviting space that continues to build that sanctuary of peace. Choosing to include landscape that offers privacy, can make a stunning impression.
Privacy trees have many benefits. They add a solitude from neighbors, shield sound from a noisy street, and add texture and ambiance to your yard. When you add privacy trees, you offer your yard a beautiful natural look that sends a pleasing aroma.
Privacy and Value
Not only will privacy trees give you the privacy you’re looking for, but can also help to add to the value of your home. According to Money Magazine, landscaping can bring a recovery value of 100 – 200 percent, giving you all your money back that you have put into your trees.
In addition, the Gallup Organization says that adding landscaping can add between seven and fifteen percent to a home’s value. So, if you are looking to add privacy trees, here are the main questions to ask yourself.
Questions to Ask
When you are starting the process of adding your privacy trees it is important to ask yourself a few questions to find the one that might be best for you and your yard.
The first question that you want answered is the spacing. How high do you want your tree line and how much space are you looking to cover. This will help you to have an idea of how many trees you will need to purchase.
The next question you need to ask yourself is are you willing to prune your trees. Some trees will require pruning depending on the space. If you are not interested in pruning you might want to go with a more low maintenance option.
Another key aspect when buying a tree is to make sure you are prepared to water them. Like all trees, they need to have adequate water when they are transplanted. Not having enough water can be one of the main reasons a tree do not succeed.
Adding Rootwell Pro 318s around the base of the trees will is a important step to ensure that your trees will survive and thrive. Rootwell Pro 318s are installed in the ground around the tree and enables water, nutrients, and oxygen to reach directly to the roots.
Five Privacy Trees
Five trees that will provide privacy include:
- Emerald Green Arborvitae
Emerald Green arborvitaes are one of the most popular options for screening trees. They will get about 12 – 14 feet in height and will mature to a width of about 2 – 3 feet. These trees like full sun or at least close to full sun and do not need to be pruned. Technically shrubs, they will create a solid wall for you without taking up a lot of space in your yard. If you are patient, you can have the trees planted small and let them grow, or you can buy them full size to create instant privacy.
- Excelsa Cedar
Excelsa Cedar trees are another very popular option used to offer privacy. These trees differ from the Emerald Green Arborvitae because of the height. They will grow to a height of 30 -35 feet and will mature to about 12- 15 feet. This is great option if you are looking for a two story privacy option and you have more room in your yard. These are beautiful trees with a more bush-like shape. You can prune these trees to make fun hedges or just keep them as they are. In addition, if you are looking for something to grow fast then these might be a great option for you.
- Leyland Cypress
Another tree that might be good for you if you are looking for a fast growing tree is the Leyland Cypress. These trees will reach a height of 60 feet and a width of 25 feet. They can also be left as is or they can be pruned into a rectangular hedge.
- “Gold Rider” Cypress
If you are looking for some added color to your landscape the Gold Rider might be the tree for you. They grow to about 35 feet in height and 15 feet wide. They are also pretty fast growers too. These stunning trees have a golden color at the end of the branches and make for a great standalone tree as well. It has also been observed that the more sunlight these trees receive the more color will be brought out. They will mature to about half the size of a Leyland Cypress.
Maybe you already have a lot of trees on your property and are nervous your new ones won’t be getting enough sun. In that case, the Yew tree might be the best option for you as it is the most shade tolerant tree. These are a great alternative to the Emerald Green tree as they grow similarly, but will be able to survive without as much sun.
Deciding on the type of tree you want to buy might be a tough decision. It’s important to make sure you feel confident about which one you choose. Before you buy, make sure to visit a local tree store and look through their options. Additional tips include:
- Check to see which ones you are most attracted to that you think will fit the needs of your back yard.
- Make sure to ask questions about the full height and wide of the trees and make sure they will fit in your landscape.
Whether you are preparing to sell your home and want to add some value, or you want to drown out some street noise, or just create an inner sanctuary, adding privacy trees to your landscape will be a great choice. They help to add shade, seclusion, and a quiet environment that will help to bring you the peace that you want when you come home. Making sure to ask yourself the right questions to help pick out the right tree for your yard will be the challenge, but it will be worth it.
We would love to hear your thoughts. What tree do you like the most? What do you find the biggest challenge when adding trees to your landscape?