For most people the best privacy hedges are those that grow very fast, but keep in mind that most fast growing privacy trees grow very large. So, the best privacy hedge for you may be something that reaches a more reasonable size. If you have problems with deer the best choice for you may be a privacy shrub that is deer resistant. Read more on deer resistant privacy trees.
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What You Need To Know About Privacy Hedges
What are the Best Hedges for Privacy?
What are the Fastest Growing Privacy Hedges?
With growth rates from 3 to 5 feet per year the fastest growing privacy hedges are Thuja Green Giant, Leyland Cypress, Cryptomeria Radicans, and Wax Myrtle. Carolina Sapphire Cypress, Nellie Stevens Holly, Oakland Holly, and Wavy Leaf Ligustrum offer fast privacy with 2 to 3 feet of upward growth per year.
How to Get the Fastest Privacy Hedge?
For the fastest privacy hedge, use a staggered landscape plan. Plant 2 rows of privacy shrubs with the front row being staggered between the gaps of the back row. This allows the individual plants to have room to grow while providing quick privacy.
How to Plant Hedges for Privacy
Once you have chosen the best privacy hedge for you, you will need to determine how many plants you need and how far to plant them apart. Mapping the planting area with stakes at either end and a string in-between can help with measurement and proper placement of your privacy trees or shrubs. Dig holes for each plant and start planting! Read more on Privacy Hedge Planting and Spacing.
How to Prune Privacy Hedges
After your privacy plants have become well established (1 to 2 years) you can start to prune them into a hedge if desired. Shape them by shearing the tops and sides, leaving them wider at the base. If you aren’t looking for a perfect hedge shape or a certain height, most privacy trees do not need to be pruned to achieve the desired effect.
Privacy Hedges By Mature Size
Small (6 to 10 feet)
Medium (10 to 20 feet)