what to put around a/c unit?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by LHLawns, Jul 1, 2004.

  1. LHLawns

    LHLawns LawnSite Member
    Posts: 24

    Customer wants to hide a/c unit from view. Need something that is thick, 4' tall, green year round, shade in am, sun in pm, and in middle tn. Any suggestions?
  2. C&J landscape

    C&J landscape LawnSite Member
    Posts: 31

    I have box woods that hide my AC unit from the street. Don't care for them much but they work.
    I see the same box woods surrounding the big green electrical boxes in neighborhood yards as well.
  3. Rick Jones

    Rick Jones LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Posts: 427

    Whatever you decide, don't put anything too close. You should maintain a 12" clearance on all sides if possible.
  4. The Captain

    The Captain LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 607

    Rick is correct about maintaining adequate clearance for air flow on all the vented sides, but leave more space on the side with the access panel. Not all ac repairmen are as small and dainty as we are. (LOL) Boxwood seems to work well with the heat generated and the air flow needs of an ac unit.

    Good Luck....

  5. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Posts: 10,178

    photenia, cheap, very fast growers/spreaders
  6. ElephantNest

    ElephantNest LawnSite Bronze Member
    from La.
    Posts: 1,878

    I'm with Bobby....you need height to hide it, we use red tip photenias, and cleyeras.
  7. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,494

    Around here, we commonly use cone shaped Cedar arbovataes (little trees) and keep then low. Dogwoods are used, as well.
  8. Shuter

    Shuter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,171

    I have used Dwarf evergreens. The start small, but grow to 3'-4'.
  9. NickN

    NickN LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Alabama
    Posts: 1,010

    My vote goes for Gold Dust Aucuba "if" there isn't too much afternoon sun.
  10. impactlandscaping

    impactlandscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,332

    What about colored pvc lattice screens or wooden latice panels? Then plant low growing annuals, etc. , in front..hidden, unrestricted air flow, and serviceable...jmo

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