privacy trees or bushes

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by mlc13, Mar 31, 2013.

  1. mlc13

    mlc13 LawnSite Member
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    I need ideas on trees or tall bushes for backyard privacy for a customer.
     
  2. tenndigger

    tenndigger LawnSite Member
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    We have several evergreen varieties to choose from for our area: White Pine, Leyland Cypress, Nellie R Stevens Holly, Foster Holly, Cryptomeria, Emerald Green Arborvitae or Green Giant Arborvitae. We have many of these available up to 15' tall. The Green Giant Arborvitae has been in high demand this year because it is an excellent plant with no problems. PM me with you contact info and I can get you prices and pictures.
     
  3. mlc13

    mlc13 LawnSite Member
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    I have heard that the Leland Cypress is very susceptible to blight and other issues do you know why?
     
  4. tenndigger

    tenndigger LawnSite Member
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    Yes Leyland Cypress are susceptible to a blight. I can recall the name of the blight specifically but I do know that it is easily transmitted by the wind. Once a cypress is affected some of the branches appear to have a "burned" look. Leyland have probably been overused in the last several years but they do make the fastest screen. Leyland Cypress don't have the best root systems. We have staked and tied off more large Leylands that have been blown crooked by recent storms.
     
  5. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
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    leyland cypress everywhere around here. that's all people use for privacy other than a fence here. they get huge after about 10-15 years though. like 25-50ft tall.
     
  6. New2TheGreenIndustry

    New2TheGreenIndustry LawnSite Senior Member
    from GA
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    Around here it's due in part to periods of drought. The bark will shrink allowing an entry point for fungal pathogens.

    http://www.ag.auburn.edu/hort/landscape/canker.htm
     
  7. tenndigger

    tenndigger LawnSite Member
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    Thanks for the info New2. I will remember the name of these cankers better.
     
  8. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    Do you guys have deer concerns at all???

    For that reason of the deer I'm switching my recommendations to Spruce and Juniper... I hate both, personally... :)
     
  9. mlc13

    mlc13 LawnSite Member
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    Thanks for all the responses, I am new to this site and enjoying it very much. I finally decided on "Red Tips" or formally known as Photinia fraseri they grow 8-10' high and wide is an evergreen shrub. Customer really likes.
     
  10. New2TheGreenIndustry

    New2TheGreenIndustry LawnSite Senior Member
    from GA
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    I would get a second opinion from your county extension office. Around here redtips have a huge problem with entomosporium leaf spot. In fact they are hardly sold because of the issue.
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