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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 02-02-2020, 04:21 PM Thread Starter
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Question on tree planting for privacy.

There are 5 camps on our lane. Last month my neighbor on my one side, and another behind me had a lot of trees logged off their property. This basically took away a lot of the seclusion we had from each other. I'm looking for suggestions as to some pine plantings that will grow quickly and provide me the privacy I had prior. Also-- we have bears in the area, so what is a good way to keep the trees from becoming scratching posts until they are old enough to handle it?

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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 02-02-2020, 04:37 PM
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If you are using them to eliminate the view from the neighbors you will want something that stays full to eye level and below not all every greens do that over the years. If you google evergreens for fencing I think you will get some very good ideas.

I don't live in bear country; however, for two years now the use of hanging 1/2 bars of Irish Spring has done an excellent job of keeping the deer away from our evergreens and new planted small caliper trees....maples, gum and dogwood.

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Hard to beat arbor vitae for a fast growing screening tree...keeping the deer off them can be problematic.
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Norway spruce is your huckleberry
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Norway spruce is your huckleberry
With the exception that when planted close to the road in areas that are left uninhabited, they may tend to disappear around Christmas.
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Hard to beat arbor vitae for a fast growing screening tree...keeping the deer off them can be problematic.
This... Spruce are good too, but in 30 years they’ll thin out bad down low as they get tall.
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White pine is fast growing. Norway spruce are good and more deer resistant then white pine. I would try to buy some that are already 3-4 feet. It’ll cost more but the deer won’t eat them and it’ll save about 5 years of growing time, and look more established.
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Giant Arborvitae ... grow 3-5' per year. Spread of 12-18' requires less plantings. planted 10-12 feet apart will close in well under a decade.
Or stagger 2 rows and cut that time in half again... also creates a travel corridor for the animals.
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This... Spruce are good too, but in 30 years they’ll thin out bad down low as they get tall.
You need to plant a minimum of 3 rows. 6 foot spacing IN the row and BETWEEN the rows. Spruce don't "thin out bad down low" until they start growing into one another. At that point, you thin the patch selectively to keep them growing down low.

Whatever you do...……......don't plant Colorado Blue Spruce. Fungal infestations going around that they wont survive unless you plan to make a full-time job of spraying them. And even then...……….iffy.

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post #10 of 24 (permalink) Old 02-02-2020, 07:57 PM
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Colorodo blue spruce and agree with simoncool. don`t plant to close to the road or they will disappear , unless you have a trail camera or security cameras pointed in that direction. good luck on your decision
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