Post # 1
I just had a quick question. If you do not have a fence in your backyard, what barrier do you have? We don’t want a fence anymore, but would like SOMETHING to show our backyard limits.
Any ideas? I thought of trees, but not sure which ones would still live through the “winter” here in Georgia. Maybe holly trees? Just some prickly shrubs?
Post # 3
About 15years ago onn one side of my parents house they planted 4 evergreens, and they are HUGE now. They block the wind from that side of the house and gives them so much privacy. They are low maintenance, and I’ve seen them in my cousins yards in Florida, so they should survive GA.
Post # 4
Thanks! I’ll definitely look into those!
Post # 5
Are you looking for a more solid barrier that things/people won’t be able to easily pass through or just something to show where the property line is?
If you’re looking to more just indicate the property line, I think trees are great. But things/people can go between the trees so they won’t really keep anything in or out. A row of hedges of some sort might be better for that (although they’re more maintanence than trees as they need to be trimmed).
If you have a green thumb, creating a landscaped flower/plant bad along the edge of the property would also look really nice (although again, won’t keep anything in or out).
Post # 6
we have a wire fence that has hedges over it so you cant see the barrier,and trees in there as well,which are good but block out a lot of sun (our garden is on a huge slope lol)x
Post # 7
Leyland cypresses do great in georgia. The fill out nicely and create a great barrier. They stay green all year long, and they do get pretty tall. They’re a good wind breaker, too.
Post # 8
FutureKMM- I want something to create a barrier as in “Keep Out My Yard”. (I’m liable to turn into Fuzzy Lumpkins.LOL) I was thinking about those hedges like you suggested, but prickly ones so kids can’t just cut through the yard unless they want to get pricked.LOL I’m just not sure if they are plantable now.
Thanks Kimbo! I think hedges might be the right way to go!
Lemonlolly- Thanks! I like the idea of tall trees, but since the back yard is small, they might overpower it.
Post # 9
Do pine trees work? I’m in MI so I know the climates are way different, but people use those as a barrier here a lot because they last perfectly all year.
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Post # 11
White Cedars (Thuja occidentalis) make a great barrier, and if you plant them close enough together they form a tight hedge that you can’t pass through. A better choice for smaller yards is Emerald Cedar (Thuja occ. ‘Emerald’) They are narrower and need to be planted 3-4 ft. apart to form a tight hedge. They grow 15-30 ft. high which makes a great privacy hedge.
There are many other kinds of plants as well, Juniper, Yew, for small areas, Pine, Spruce, Fir, for larger areas.
Let me know if you have any questions!
Post # 12
I’ve got just the thing for you – berberis! Berberis vulgaris were what I labeled my public enemy #2! When we moved into our home, we were prepared to tackle a ginormous hedge – but we weren’t prepared with all the different kinds of plants growing INSIDE of it! Berberis is this prickly thing with gorgeous red berries and the leaves also change colors. It tops our eradication list because it has torns — tons of them! There’s a church close-by that uses it as a hedge and it’s gorgeous, but deadly!!! Well not really deadly, but you don’t wanna ever fall on that thing!
I couldn’t find a picture of it as a green hedge online (only a stray bush or a huge bush) but the way it looks small is really cool because the individual branches fray out so they have this really cool effect from afar. The leaves even turn red during autumn.
I’m not sure if it’ll grow in GA though – but these suckers sure are hardy! Here it is when it’s red:
Post # 13
Here’s the berries close-up and picture that looks like the one by the church (I still can’t find it green):
Post # 14
We actually put up a fairly large trellis made of wood and in the summer time we plant flowers/plants that climb the trellis to give privacy so no one can look in between the little gaps.
Post # 15
I kow you said you don’t want a fence, but when I was younger my parents grew wasteria vines into trelises on a fence and they were stunning!
Also, my dad’s fence is covered by a grape vine – also super nice, although it’s a bit messy.