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Noise Reduction Landscaping

February 8, 2022 Jill Raver
Filed in: Landscaping Guides
noise reducing landscaping

Whether you live near a busy road, in a densely populated neighborhood, or crave the solitude of a cabin in the woods while enjoying the convenience of an urban dwelling, you may long for a place of quiet. Noise reduction landscaping allows you to enjoy peace, quiet, and privacy in your outdoor living spaces while adding style, elegance, and height to your property.


How Noise Reduction Landscaping Works


We often receive questions about fast-growing sound barrier trees. These questions usually come from those who recently moved into a new home or had new neighbors move in next door. We also hear from people who would like to enjoy a peaceful evening on their patios, porches, and decks but are interrupted by the sounds of their neighbors’ conversations or a nearby road.


evergreen trees - noise reduction landscaping

In each of these cases, noise reduction landscaping should obstruct the line of sight from your living space to the source of the noise. For example, if your neighbor’s playset is 6 feet tall and you can see the children when they’re standing at the top of the set, your barrier should be taller than your eye line to the top of the playset.


Another example—suppose you live near a street where pedestrians, cars, and trucks are frequent sound sources. You would calculate the height of the tallest of those vehicles—trucks—and plant noise reduction trees between your home and the road at truck height.

To create an effective privacy screen, plant trees close together to construct a dense buffer. However, consider the width of the tree at maturity when planting.


When you’re looking for sound barrier trees, you want to keep a couple things in mind:



For the best sound reduction, trees must have thick foliage close to the ground. 

We have several premium trees that are well-branched, lush, and ready to plant. Here are some of our top sellers that can help you achieve peace and privacy in your outdoor areas.


Thuja Green Giant


Thuja Green Giant privacy trees

If you want privacy fast, this is the tree for you. Thuja Green Giants can grow 5 feet or more per year under ideal conditions. No matter what stage of growth, they are beautiful and will add aesthetic value to your property.


The foliage is attractive and deep green. The tree’s branches cascade down into feathery points instead of pointy, sharp needles that are sometimes present in evergreen trees. This fragrant foliage is soft to the touch, making it perfect for families with children and pets.


Caring for Thuja Green Giants


Caring for Thuja Green Giants is low maintenance. Thuja trees thrive in full sun to partial sun and tolerate a wide variety of soils. Once established, they are drought resistant, but you need to water them heavily when planting. These trees can be heavily pruned according to the height and width you wish to attain, and they do love to eat. Fertilize with a slow-release fertilizer in the spring and later summer if your soil is nutrient weak or your trees need a boost.


Leyland Cypress


Leland Cypress trees

The Leyland Cypress is another of our fast-growing sound barrier trees. They’re also known as a “must have” for VIP privacy. As such, they have been planted in some of the most exclusive communities in our country.


Leyland Cypress trees can reach up to 40-60 feet and will spread 15-20 feet. For this reason, consider them a living fence.


Caring for Leyland Cypress Trees


You will be happy to learn these trees are relatively maintenance-free. You will not need to prune them. After planting, make sure you water your new trees every day for about one week. After the first week, start spacing out waterings to every other day. For the third week, water as needed.


Simply fertilize your Leyland Cypress trees with a high-quality slow release fertilizer and enjoy the peaceful beauty of your outdoor space.


Italian Cypress


Italian Cypress sound barrier trees
Italian Cypress trees are popular with planters who are creating symmetrical designs. These elegant trees provide beauty, privacy, and height, making them an excellent choice for those with limited space. They’re also reliable for year-round noise reduction. 


This evergreen grows up to three feet per year, which makes it a fast-growing tree. It’s also low maintenance. They require little water, adapt to most soils, and are heat tolerant. Italian Cypress trees are drought tolerant. Full to partial sun is ideal for them to thrive.

Caring for the Italian Cypress 


One of the most critical environmental factors to consider when planting Italian Cypress trees is they prefer dry soil. Choose a sunny location with well-drained soil. 

We recommend watering your trees as soon as they arrive. This will ensure that the roots are moist and ready for planting. Water well in the first few months. Once established, these evergreen trees are drought tolerant and will only need to be watered once or twice a month in summer.


Nellie Stevens Holly


Nellie Stevens Holly tree

One of our favorite things about Nellie Stevens Holly trees is that they sparkle in the sunlight! If you’re looking for vibrantly colored trees to add to your noise reduction landscaping, this low-maintenance, evergreen tree is an excellent choice. 

A cross between an English Holly and Chinese Holly, the Nellie Stevens boasts a naturally dense, broad, pyramidal shape. The leaves are glossy with a deep, dark green color that lasts all year long.

Nellie Stevens Holly is low-maintenance. It can get up to 25 feet tall and about 8-10 feet wide. It adapts well in most weather conditions, including extreme shade or drought. Nellie Stevens is a hardy tree that grows most easily in slightly acidic soil but adapts to most soils.

Caring for Nellie Stevens Holly


As long as you avoid extreme temperatures, you can plant your holly tree almost any time of the year. Hollies tolerate full sun to part sun. They prefer slightly acidic soil, but tend to adapt to just about any well-draining soil. 

Water your holly deeply a couple of times per week for the first few months. After hollies are established, they only need to be watered during hot, dry spells. Fertilize in spring with a slow release fertilizer for broadleaf evergreens. 

Emerald Green Arborvitae


emerald green arborvitae

The Emerald Green Arborvitae gets its name from its striking Emerald Green color. The tree’s shape is unique among evergreen trees as its more cylindrical than pyramidal. As a result, its dense, feathery foliage creates a natural layered and clean look that is unparalleled. This tree thrives in most of the United States.


Caring for the Emerald Green Arborvitae


This arborvitae is a slow grower and increases height by 12” or less per year. They are, however, very easy to grow. For the most part, they’re maintenance-free. You’ll want to plant this tree in full sun. It’s adaptable to various soil types and environmental conditions. Fertilize once when planting and once yearly in spring with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer.


For a privacy hedge, space your new trees about 3-4 feet apart.

The best way to prevent disease and pests is by providing the appropriate care for your trees. Proper location choice, watering, and fertilization are the keys to your success.

Now you know how to block out noise with trees. If additional noise reduction is needed, create ambient noise such as water flowing with a fountain or small waterfall. We’re proud of our healthy, horticulturist-approved trees! When you want  to plant noise reduction landscaping, and you’re looking for fast-growing sound barrier trees, PlantingTree online nursery has everything you need.


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