I need ideas for getting rid of noise

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by DreamBig:LiveBigger, Oct 23, 2003.

  1. DreamBig:LiveBigger

    DreamBig:LiveBigger LawnSite Member
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    A customer that I have just bought a new house in the surburban area around Philadelphia, it's a very nice house for $800,000. He has a problem though, his house backs up to a some what busy road with a speed limit of 35 m.p.h. which creates some unwanted noise. He wants me to come up with a solution that would block the noise from the street...INSTANTLY. The area that I'm looking at covering is about 300 feet long. I told him that a row of arborvitaes is always a good solution but it won't be instant. So I thought that putting a fence up along with the arborvitaes might be a good solution. Other then that I can't really think of anything else right now. I would love to hear your ideas. Also, how much would you guys charge to plant a row of arborvitaes 300 feet long. It will take about 100 arbs. and I can get 5'-6' arbs. for $35.
  2. Shuter

    Shuter LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Check with a local tree farm. You can get mature trees that would do the job. The price is high. I had one customer that wanted mature trees installed up 24'. The price for about 18 trees from 10' to 24' installed was $46,000 just for trees. Trees are expensive.
  3. DreamBig:LiveBigger

    DreamBig:LiveBigger LawnSite Member
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    thanks...I'll run that by him, can't hurt to try.
  4. Frank2

    Frank2 LawnSite Member
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    sell him on a pond w/ a waterfall feature.
  5. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
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    Fence...then you can landscape the front of it all the way down, or just part of the way, (that - that is going to be central focus. If he want the arbos as well,.. you can add those, too.
  6. ZX12R

    ZX12R LawnSite Senior Member
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    I would go with white pines as i think they would muffle the noise better than arbs.
  7. Mr.Ziffel

    Mr.Ziffel LawnSite Senior Member
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    Whatever you do, DO NOT guarantee that it will reduce the noise. Simply planting a row of trees has been shown to be much more effective psychologically, than in actually reducing the decibel level. Believe me, I spent years in this field and there is a ton of literature and studies which have been done and a simple wooden fence and a row of trees can block the view and make the person feel like there has been an improvement, but when a noise level meter is used, before and after, there is very little difference. Have you ever seen the miles after miles of concrete noise walls along the freeways in California and many other states? A twelve foot tall, foot thick concrete wall blocks the noise of the properties right along the freeway, but in many cases especially along hillsides the noise just goes right over it and up to the higher levels. Remember the noise doesn't just disappear with the wall or the fence, it is just bounced around to somewhere else.

    Whatever you may plant may make the homeowner feel better, but you'd be making a major mistake to guarantee that what you do will reduce the actual noise. Studies have shown that noise perception varies with the individual so you may think it's great and the homeowner may not be happy at all. Make sure you do whatever he suggests and explain that you're not a noise expert but you're just following his instructions so he can't come back and say it doesn't work and won't pay. You might even try to find someone with a noise level [decibel] meter to do baseline measurements before the wall and after if you think that might help. Good luck, Will M>
  8. troblandscape

    troblandscape Guest
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    good reply Mr.
  9. PaulJ

    PaulJ LawnSite Bronze Member
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    That's just what I was thinking.

    Some very tall ornamental grasses might filter some of the sound on a short term until a larger hedge can be established.

    But a large waterfall near the house will do a lot to mask the noise.
  10. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
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