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What is the best way to manage a large bush(previously bush hogged down)?

We moved to a property that was being used as a hay field but had a large garden previous to that. We find new plants all the time and I have found a row of bushes that I would like to let regrow for ...
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Can I cut the trees from the middle?

I live in New Brunswick, where my backyard is filled with trees that have grown into natural, unique shapes. These trees provide me with privacy from my neighbors, particularly at the lower parts, but ...
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I want Arborvitae tree grow horizontally just over the fence, not starting from the ground, how to prune it?

I have a few Arborvitae trees to create more privacy behind of my fence. Since my land is being seen from the nearby two stories townhouses, I want my Arborvitae trees grow horizontally over my fences....
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What narrow 15 foot+ tall evergreen plants grow in USDA Zone 6b?

I'm in USDA zone 6b bordering on 6a in Ohio. I've looked at lines of sight for my house and concluded that a few privacy plants would be good, if possible. Some of the new plants should be narrow or ...
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Are these Italian Cypress salvageable?

I recently (4 weeks ago) got two Italian Cypress trees. Location: Bay Area, California. Sadly they turned fairly brown: From my research pests are the most likely cause but I am wondering if it is ...
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Hedge planting density rationale?

I'm currently planning my first hedge, and noticed that vendors offer plants in different sizes and recommend different planting densities per size. Simply spoken, there is usually a small size to be ...
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Which hedge plants can be used for animal preventive fencing?

For a land with medium rainfall which hedge plant species can be used for creating fence. Plants that should prevent entrance of animals like goats and cows and ideally its leaves should not be edible ...
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Should I worry about planting nonnative Norway spruce in NY?

I'm looking for the perfect tree to create a low maintenance living privacy hedge/windbreak in an approximately 100'x100' area. About 20' from one part of the area, water pools sporadically. I'm ...
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Any scientific expanation on Thuja Occidentalis turning brown (dry)?

Thuja Occidentalis trees often turn partially brown, dry and they never tend to recover on their own. My problem is definitely with entire branches (as opposed to individual leaves). I water the trees ...
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How do I make corner lot more private?

We live on corner lot. Row of deciduous firs were planted too far apart or are at maximum height now leaving street level exposed at side of house and front of house. House faces South. No height ...
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Fencing removal with an old beautiful rose on it

We need to replace our fencing but an old rose bush we’re desperate to keep and established ivy, which we’re happy to keep for privacy, is partly covering it. What’s the best time of year to do it and ...
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Continuously replacing privacy garden hedge while maintaining privacy

I want to replace thuja hedge with something else (e.g. amelanchier), but I want to maintain privacy during the process. What are my options? Can I keep some thujas and growing amelanchier between ...
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How to create some privacy planting to hide neighbours balcony

Initially we were going to cover the shed in climbers but we would like to find a way to create some privacy. I was thinking about bamboo either side of shed door instead but looking for better ...
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What privacy hedge plants create little shade?

I'm interested in finding plants that make good hedges, but that have translucent leaves so as to let light through. I'm interested in plants that can create privacy without blocking all the light. ...
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Planting magnolia tree a little 'high'

I bought a Magnolia grandiflora in a 100 Litre container. It needs to sit tightly next to a fence, with intent to block a neighbouring property. Now, here is the problem... The tree is 2m tall, but ...
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improving a privacy tree barrier

I have a row of 5 Blue Point Junipers, with 6ft spacing. I initially planted per guidelines, but learned later that I could reduce the spacing to create a wind/privacy barrier. What I'd like to do ...
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Entertaining, privacy producing, driveway bed plants

I'm looking for a small tree or shrub recommendation for the bed on the side of my driveway. I live in Providence, RI (zone 6, maybe zone 7 since we're in the middle of the heat island that is our ...
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What is a good spacing for a double row of Arborvitae 'Emerald'?

I am considering planting 6 ft Arborvitae Emeralds for privacy. I've read in the Q&A What is the optimal spacing for emerald green arborvitae? that the spacing should be 2 feet apart. I'm ...
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How to grow climbing vines onto a trellis mounted 2 meters above ground?

To make my yard more private, I want to mount a trellis or livestock panel on top of a fence, then grow climbing vines such as Distictus over them. Should I attempt to train the canes to reach 2M up ...
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What is the best privacy hedge for the US northeast?

I am looking for a privacy hedge which is dense, grows to at least 6 ft tall, has small leaves and is evergreen and can sustain harsh winter of northeast USA. I like boxwood "Green Velvet" for its ...
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What is this shrub?

Live in zone 9 in USA. This shrub is about 6 feet tall and we have to trim it every year or else it'll grow taller and block windows. Planted 5+ years ago. White flowers it looks like too. Would ...
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Spreading existing bamboo patch deliberately

Would anyone know the trick to deliberately spreading an existing bamboo patch? Along my back fence a neighbors patch has spread into my yard and is providing a great natural privacy screen. So I'd ...
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What bamboo species for a container-bound green wall?

I have a boring grey northwest-facing-with-southwest-exposure concrete wall on my balcony, outdoors, in Vancouver BC, that I would like to turn into a lush wall of bamboo. I have one container whose ...
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Tall Living Fence

I live in NJ and my house next to a daycare facility playground. Not only is there zero privacy, it also gets really noisy with the kids screaming all day. I am looking into the possibility of a ...
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Is Cotoneaster an appropriate plant to fill an empty space along my fence?

I have 8ft Leylandii along the outside of most of my west and north facing fences, but there are some gaps on the north side, so I have been using a range of climbing plants inside the fence to ...
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Is there a fast-growing, inexpensive privacy plant that can be started in winter?

I live in a flatshare, in a room on the ground floor (first floor for North Americans). To prevent people from looking into our rooms all the time (there's a parking lot in front), we have outdoor ...
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