Professional Help Needed!

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by garmel, Feb 14, 2009.

  1. garmel

    garmel LawnSite Member
    from NE Ohio
    Messages: 107

    Below is a picture off of my front porch. The view of my neighbors yard is too much to look at. The fence is my other neighbors and I cannot extend it due to zoning. What can I do to help with this unsightly view. There are numerous mature trees so the area doesn't get a lot of direct sunlight. Moving isn't an option though that might be easiest. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. It's winter here and we just got hit with this wind storm so my yard is looking beat right now too...just don't want anyone to think I'm just a grumpy neighbor.

  2. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    It's going to be hard to be able to get any larger screening type plants to grow in those conditions.

    Too many trees sucking the moisture and sun.

    Your evergreen bushes in the landscaping look pretty good, might want to think about extending the landscaping along the property line and put a row of Arborvitae in.

    My only other thought would be some large perennial grasses, but I would start with one just to see how it grows in the shade. The less sun, grasses will grow shorter and not as full.

    Even if you don't get a complete screening effect, just putting in some plants will help break up the view a little.

    O.K. That's a 50 dollar consultation, I'll send you info where to mail the check. :laugh:
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2009
  3. garmel

    garmel LawnSite Member
    from NE Ohio
    Messages: 107

    Thanks....what about some sort of pine trees?
  4. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    That's what I was meaning with the evergreens. Certain breeds of Arborvitae tends to have a compact up-right "pillar" type of look to them and can grow extremely tall, though slowly. I've seen people put 50 or so in for screening. It appears that you already have some sort of Arborvitae in your landscape beds already.

    There not cheap though, and bag worms can destroy them if not controlled, so If it were me, I'd try a couple out for a season so if they all die from the shading, then your not out a lot of money.

    My only other thought would be a shade tolerant evergreen bamboo, but, the look might not fit into the landscaping, and if you get a spreading, non clumping bamboo, it can be a disaster without some sort of rhizome blocker for the roots.
  5. Uranus

    Uranus LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 1,624

    You have wires in the same area that you want screening. You cant go to high without causing problems in the future.

    From what I see a few more arbs is the easiest quick fix. Maybe even extend the bed out to the tree with packy and then all the way to to one on the border of prop line. Toss in some arbs and something else for spring and summer color.

    What exactly is the regulation on fences. some allow you to bring the fence up to the front corner of the house and others it's the back corner.

    Another pic or 2 might help. Maybe something from the road looking towards your house and then one from the same location looking towards your neighbor's ugly swing set.
  6. daveyo

    daveyo LawnSite Senior Member
    from N.J.
    Messages: 907

    Is that a White Oak with Pachysandra underneath it? I would take that down, messy tree and it looks a little hacked anyway. I would loosen up the soil add organic matter and make a nice bedding area and add Leyland Cypress, very fast growing and esy to maintain. You can break up the leylands with some smaller plantings and color. Add a small water feature also to try and break up any noise that comes from the swing. If nothing else it'll ease your mind when their out there. There are also plenty of shade tolerant species that grow larger and would create the same look.
  7. garmel

    garmel LawnSite Member
    from NE Ohio
    Messages: 107

    I'll get more pics. Zoning is that we can't have fences in our front yards but i have the one from my neighbors back yard that I was hoping i could extend, zoning turned it down. Is "packy" the ground cover around the tree? I like your idea!
  8. garmel

    garmel LawnSite Member
    from NE Ohio
    Messages: 107

    Pics from the front.



  9. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,904

    plant some forsythia along there.

  10. garmel

    garmel LawnSite Member
    from NE Ohio
    Messages: 107

    Will they grow good if they don't get full sun? what about the color , there is a lot of tree cover around.

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