04:35PM | 09/19/03
Member Since: 09/18/03
33 lifetime posts
I bought my house in Massachusetts four years ago. Not knowing any better, I removed a solid 6' tall wall of hemlock in the back yard to install a chain link fence for my dog. Now I have no privacy. I want to plant something that will grow quickly, and become full as well as high. I'm being steered toward giant aborvitae by my local nursery, but I don't know if they'll give me what I want. I know I don't want a row of cone-shaped trees. Does anybody have any suggestions? I know this won't be cheap. Thanks.


05:06PM | 09/20/03
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Welcome Stephanie,

Years ago we lived in the Pacific Northwest and had a hedge out of Bay Laurel. It was mature (30 yrs old at the time), but it was such a great hedge that it gave us privacy to the SECOND STORY! Of course in that climate, things tend to grow leggy and take over if you don't keep after them constantly(!)

We're not familiar with the Northeast (we're in Colorado), but my wife says you may have access to even better plants than bay laurel--such as mountain laurel--which sounds similar, but flowers. And that HOW you prune it can also make a difference; e.g, if you prune a tree a certain way, it turns more into a hedge and provides more privacy. (Our bay laurel had (easily) 4" diameter "trunks" if you could find your way to its base--no easy task!)

Good luck!


01:54PM | 09/21/03
Member Since: 09/18/03
33 lifetime posts
Thanks for the suggestion! I'll ask my nursery about the laurel.


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