Naturally occurring “fence” or property line barrier?

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Hi all, I’m looking for ideas. Trying to come up with a fence or property line idea that isInexpensive yet effective. Fast growing plants? “Homemade stone to look real? You see if it is “naturally occurring “ yet man placed it counts!!!

Any ideas?


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  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on May 15, 2020

    Hi there, here's some great ideas for natural fences that could work - https://www.bobvila.com/slideshow/11-living-fences-that-look-better-than-chain-link-47520#cactus-fence. YOu'll also find a whole bunch of interesting ideas from other hometalkers here - https://www.hometalk.com/diy/outdoor/decor/s-13-ways-to-get-backyard-privacy-without-a-fence-17553245

  • Arborvitae are one option, as is bamboo, but it can be invasive. I started some forsythia last year and they're filling-in nicely.

    • I’m A Maine Gramma I’m A Maine Gramma on May 15, 2020

      what type of climate and soil are required for Arborvitae or Bamboo? I like the idea of forsythia but would not get to enjoy the flowering stage as it is already in full bloom here ( this is for a summer seasonal home)

  • Melissa Swan Melissa Swan on May 15, 2020

    If you want quick growing and impenetrable plant rose hedges. They a4e a type of rose bush that some cattle ranchers use. Bonus : it blooms with pretty white roses. Detriment: it can be very invasive.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on May 15, 2020

    Most of the fast growing trees are not going to be inexpensive. You could go with boxwoods, which are probably the most common and least expensive shrubbery. Any shrubs will work and you might be able to come upon a deal at local garden shops. I picked up some encore azaleas for $5/each at the end of the season a few years ago. They grow to a nice shrub size.

    Another option would be to build something from stone that you pick up. Large rocks will work and you might be able to acquire them for free. There are areas in Alabama where they abound but you will need a strong back. My sister did an entire landscape waterfall with them.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on May 15, 2020

    Hello there,

    PLANT UP A MIXED HEDGE OF NATIVE TREES AND SHRUBS TO THE AR OR MAY BEA CHESTNUT FENCING WILL DO THE TRICK.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on May 15, 2020

    I would check with my local nursery to see what they recommend.

  • Morgan McBride Morgan McBride on May 15, 2020

    depends on your zone.. ligustrums are popular here as fence plants.

  • Janice Janice on May 15, 2020

    Maybe check with your County Extension Agent's office. They will be able recommend what works well in your area. A hedge can make a nice privacy fence and add to the value of your property. So much depends on your geographic area as to what plants willl thrive. Something else you might consider is just a framework/trellis and planting vines such as clematis, or morning glories that grow quickly.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on May 15, 2020

    We use arborvitae and leyland cypress in zone 7. Wax myrtle is another shrub that a nice choice.


    Where are you located?

    That would determine the best screening plant to suggest. Most plants success depend on their hardness to geographic planting zones presenting weather conditions. This information could give us more clue to give you the best suggestions for plant success!


    Additionally for the best local professional advice

    I would highly suggest contacting your cooperative extension. These offices are manned by volunteer master gardeners on site there waiting to answer the communities questions that know your local situation quite well.

    Master gardeners are required to volunteer back designated hours ( plus continuing education) each year to maintain MG certification -this community outreach and education is their goal.


    If your office is closed....there Might be alternative online venues like Ask an Expert as well as emailing your local master gardeners extension office for their

    guidance.... in a non contact manner.

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    • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on May 15, 2020

      You may wish to consider deer resistant varieties shrubs if you go that way. There is one species of arborvitae’s they like to nibble right down and can scar up - disfiguring a tree or shrub quite badly. The other arborvitae they don’t bother.

      Another consideration is that sometimes shrubs need pruning to shape and you may need to be aware of that versus having one that takes little care.


      A natural living fencing is a beautiful thing. I find that looking at shrub selections in bordered landscaped pre-planned communities or even commercial areas can give you ideas of what you like and give you some considerations to investigate- to see if it meets your needs In color, size and care. I hope you find the perfect solution good luck!

  • Oliva Oliva on May 16, 2020

    Hi there,

    You most likely have deer and or moose problems, so look for Green Giant Arborvitae specific to your growing region (rarely touched by deer in zone 5b). They grow 3' per year, and spaced in a zig zag fashion, provide a great windbreak and privacy! Forsythia as a hedge may work, as well. Avoid lilac, unless you want to spray...

    Look for hedges/trees that will survive your winds, freezes, snow loads, ice damage, and deer/moose.