Privacy fence- HELP!

I have an extremely nasty view from the back of my house. My neighbor constantly makes his yard into a landfill. He has everything from dilapidated furniture, weeds, scrap lumber, piles of dirt, general trash and not only is extremely unsanitary, but basically doesn't care. Our homes are in the 400=
+K range, I have complained to the city, talked to him, and to no avail. I simply need to block the view, am on a budget, am 75 years old; and my back yard is at least 3/4 of an acre. I need suggestions as to what kind of a fence, we have winds and snow here. I don't want to have a very weak fence or it will not withstand the elements. HELP!

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  • Oliva Oliva on Jul 04, 2018
    If you're willing to drop the cash, get tall Green Giants installed, in a staggered pattern, 6' apart, trunk to trunk. Keep them well watered, the first year or two, and mulch at the base, to within 12" of main trunk. Feed them, the 2nd year, in the Fall with fertilizer spikes (2-3 per tree, at the outer edge of dripline). They grow like mad in 3 years time. Grows up to 50' tall, are solidly branched, virtually no maintenance, cut views, noise, and snow. Great for privacy. Otherwise, sounds as though you need a 10' privacy fence, which is hard to obtain, and requires regular maintenance. You can always install other hedging/perennials in front of these, if you need additional distance between you and your neighbor.

    • Darline Darline on Jul 04, 2018
      Thanks Oliva, I would if I had access to water back there, and enough strength and money to do that.

  • Franklinrawley Franklinrawley on Jul 04, 2018
    You can always plant cedars or the like that will grow reasonably fast. we too have a neighbor like that and have planted arborvitae and they grow well - tall and wide!

  • Rbr8807250 Rbr8807250 on Jul 04, 2018
    Pampass grass! I have a neighbor like this as well. Never mows, trash etc.

  • Shore grandmom Shore grandmom on Jul 04, 2018
    Keep calling the town until you get someone to respond. Call the newspapers and tv stations and tell them about the unauthorized dump growing your backyard. There are tv stations that will help with things like that.

  • Darline Darline on Jul 04, 2018
    This man lives next door to a city councilman. The city sent a person out and they told me if it could not be seen from the street, they couldn't do anything about it. If the vehicles are parked just right, you can't see it, but I still can. I think the next call I'll make will be the health department. It has to be attracting rodents, snakes etc. I don't get close enough to see if it smells..

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    • Darline Darline on Jul 05, 2018
      Your mother, bless her is right. Thanks.