A fence is a great investment for your home's value and family's needs, but it can be a costly addition. If you want a fence mainly for privacy concerns, you can reduce costs by creating a privacy screen using trees. Planting multiple trees in the back or on the sides of your home will enhance privacy so you can enjoy your outdoor living space, but certain trees can also add shade, appeal, and value to your home. The eastern red-cedar tree grows up to 40 to 50 feet in height and to a width between 8 and 20 feet, so it is a smart tree to use as a privacy screen. Of course, you may not know how to get started using these trees to create a privacy screen around the back or sides of your house. With this guide, you will understand how to design, plant, and maintain your privacy screen made of eastern red-cedar trees.
Designing the Privacy Screen
Hopefully, you have a general idea of where you want to add privacy. Even if you know where the screen needs to be around your home, you should mark out the layout.
Many homeowners will plant trees around the entire perimeter of their backyard, creating a u-shaped privacy screen with the trees. To create this design, place wood stakes into the back and side corners of the yard. Then, use spray paint to mark the spot where each tree will be planted. This will help you figure out how many of the eastern red-cedar trees will be necessary to fill up the space, creating your privacy screen.
If you do not want to wait years for the trees to grow tall and wide, consider planting the trees that are sold in three or more gallon pots. Space these trees six to seven feet apart from one another. If you are planting smaller trees or seedlings, your need for privacy will need to wait for these plants to grow, but planting seedlings is a more affordable option. Make sure to allow 8 to 18 inches between each smaller tree or seedling plant.
Installing your Trees
Digging the holes for each of the trees can be time consuming and strenuous, but it is important to make sure you continue digging so the hole is a few times larger than the tree's root ball. This will be sufficient space for the tree's roots to grow into the ground and thrive
When you remove the tree's pot or nursery cover, use caution to prevent any damage to the roots. Use your hands to gently massage the roots, loosening the soil a bit before placing the tree into the ground.
Place the root ball of the tree into the hole and surround the roots with nutrient-rich soil and the removed dirt. Use your hands to pack the soil and dirt around the tree's roots. Surround the tree with mulch or pine straw. This will not only enhance the look of your tree and privacy screen but will also help lock in moisture when you water the tree.
Repeat the same process for each of your eastern red-cedar trees. Again, this can be a timely and tiring process, but patience will pay off once your privacy screen is in full effect.
Maintaining your Trees
Once the trees are planted, water them each day. Make sure to soak the mulch or pine straw.
Continue watering a few times per week once the trees have established themselves. After planting, continue watering the trees and surrounding mulch or pine straw daily.
If you notice yellowing or brown branches on the trees, use pruning shears to cut them off. Since these are bushier trees, removing dead pieces of greenery will not reduce the look of the eastern red-cedar tree.
Creating privacy with a fence is a great option, but you can save money and enhance your landscape design by using multiple eastern red-cedar trees. With this guide, you will understand the design, planting, and maintenance process to create your privacy screen out of these attractive trees.
Talk to a tree-service company for more personalized advice.