Sun 19 Feb, 2006 07:40 am
I live in Tennessee and I want to use evergreens to create a privacy fence for my parents house. I would like for it to be fast growing and grow to a minimum height of 15-20ft. Also, how should they be planted to create an effective privacy screen, in a straight line or checkerboard pattern?
Boxwoods and privets might be a bit small, but they could fill things out.
Arborvitae, bald cypress, sweetgum, cedar, lombardy poplar -- these are all possible but we'd more info on where you are because Tennessee has a few different growing zones. See: http://www.growit.com/bin/USDAZoneMaps.exe?MyState=TN
How does pyracantha do in Tennessee? Not precisely evergreen, but doesn't drop its leaves in northern New Mexico either, and the thorns ensure privacy from anything up to a charging rhino.
How quickly do you NEED a 15-20 ft. evergreen privacy fence ?
If cost is no problem, see a landscaping contractor & get a quote on putting in 15' cedars.
Affordable-sized trees of any kind will need at least ten years to get that tall.