A Homeowner’s Guide to Planting Privacy Trees Along Your Fence Line

Privacy trees provide much-needed privacy from neighbors, block out noise, and boost your property’s aesthetic appeal. Planting privacy trees may seem pretty straightforward, but it helps to learn a few tips.

As Milton’s reliable tree service, the team at Georgia Tree Company is here to discuss a few guidelines on planting privacy trees along the fence.   

Start with a Master Plan  

Are you looking for trees that provide a dark green backdrop for colorful flower beds, or do you prefer trees with texture and flowers?   

Perhaps you want trees that will do nothing more than shield you from nosy neighbors. Take the time to select trees with your desired qualities and identify their purpose beforehand.  

Consider the Area  

Consider where you want to plant the trees. What space do you need to cover? The size of your yard will also dictate how many privacy trees you’ll need and how to space them.  

Growth Rate and Size Matter  

How tall of a privacy screen do you need? The trees’ growth rate matters in this case. For example, fast-growing privacy trees will get to their mature height quickly, with some growing to heights of up to 30 feet tall in a couple of years.  

That said, you want to avoid planting such trees near utility lines, sidewalks, or buildings.  

Deciduous Vs. Evergreens  

Deciduous trees will provide a lovely display of color in autumn. However, they lose their leaves in fall and remain bare throughout the winter, allowing for full sun penetration and energy savings. In the summer, they keep your home cooler by blocking the sun from your windows.  

Evergreens offer year-round coverage, making them ideal as privacy trees along the fence. Most evergreens have needles or scales for leaves, although trees like the Magnolia keep their leaves year-round. Their dark green leaves also provide a beautiful contrast against timber, brick, or birch.  

Tree species such as Hornbeam Hedges maintain their older dead leaves until the following spring, while the Hydrangea keeps its leaves through mild winters but drops them during super chilly winters.  

Tree Care  

When choosing privacy trees, you also want to consider the amount of care the trees need and the soil and environmental conditions in your area. Choose native trees and exercise preventive plant care to ensure your privacy trees grow and thrive for years.  

Examples of tree species that can work well as privacy trees along your fence include:  

  • Leyland Cypress  
  • Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis)  
  • Lawson Cypress  
  • Dragon Lady Holly  
  • Red Cedar  
  • Concolor Fir  
  • Eastern White Pine  
  • Japanese Fall Cypress  

Get in Touch with Your Local Tree Experts  

Georgia Tree Company does everything with an unparalleled commitment to safety and customer care. Our team specializes in various residential and commercial tree services, including:  

  • Tree trimming and pruning  
  • Tree cutting and chipping  
  • Tree removal  
  • Crane and Bobcat services  

Call Georgia Tree Company at (404) 990-0010 to request a free estimate for tree service in Alpharetta, GA, or beyond. Feel free to reach out to learn about our tree risk assessment or for more information about planting privacy trees along the fence.  

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