Privacy in Suburbia

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In my previous article I wrote about using columnar trees and shrubs for privacy.   I wish to keep on that subject since solitude in the lawn was in my mind a lot recently.   At the time of year that I need to be outdoors working in the backyard, but I believe quite vulnerable because the trees have not leafed out yet.   I’ve mentioned previously that I will see sections of sixty-three homes from several things in my backyard.   Here is the perspective of my NW corner in my bedroom window, and now you’ll be able to see quite a number of the neighboring houses at the scene.   I am usually careful to crop the photograph of the opinion, but this is the complete disclosure.   On the other hand, the columnar Norway spruce at left will finally block the view of Santa (from my previous post) on the neighboring rooftop.   Supposedly it could attain 20′ tall and 5-6′ wide in ten decades.   Grow, baby, grow!

From floor level, one neighboring house is still quite evident at that time of year.   Happily these neighbors have planted a number of trees in their lawn to help display the view.   When my columnar Norway spruce and their blue spruce (to the best of the shot) are older, they’ll block a part of the view between our homes year round.   The thicket of deciduous branches in centre will get warmer as time goes by and finally offer good screening.

The opinion of the identical area from the other angle features yet another neighboring home.   My thicket of deciduous branches (‘Royal Raindrops’ crabapple trees) and also two maples planted across the fence will block more of this opinion in the next few years.   These neighbors have a bamboo tree planted in their yard which will also give rise to the thicket of branches in winters that are forthcoming.   Gradually, this opinion will be mainly obstructed.

The winter screening in my NE corner (seen from my pub) is not likely to get much better than this.   The honey locust trees leaf out late and shed their leaves early.   Their branches will thicken somewhat, but not sufficient to actually block the view of the neighboring white home as well as the items which are usually stored in their rear deck.   That house had a flowering plum tree planted into their neighboring corner once I proposed my landscape, but the shrub has since expired.

Now my garden garden has yearlong attention, I enjoy looking out my window each morning and evening.   In winter the snow creates a wonderful addition to the bare branches, evergreens and boulders.   I would prefer the opinion to add fewer neighboring homes so I can concentrate on what is happening in my lawn.

This is the NE corner in floor level.   The trees throughout the fence are largely quaking aspens, which leaves out early and fall their leaves later in relation to my honey locusts.   On a negative note, our new seat swing is fantastic to sit but is amazingly bright white.   Hopefully it will find a little cluttered in time and combine better with our filthy white fence, ha.

This shot at the NE corner from further back motivates me with just how much screening a thicket of bare branches (lilac, crabapple and honey locust) could provide.

At the corner of my NE place, a ‘Shasta’ doublefile viburnum is filling the distance as it evolves.   A ‘Shademaster’ honey locust is implanted eleven feet in the corner, and also three ‘Green Mountain’ boxwoods are climbing on both sides of this viburnum.

There isn’t sufficient room to plant evergreens (columnar Norway spruce or perhaps Arborvitaes) unless I tear out the viburnum.   I really don’t have yet another place in the lawn with sufficient space for that tree (10-12′ broad at maturity), and I would be sad to lose it entirely.   However, dogwood trees are understory trees from the woods.   They develop beneath other trees and close together.   I am tossing around the notion of snugging 2 ‘Starlight’ dogwoods on each side of this viburnum, beside the boxwoods.   I would need to plant them alongside the fence and intend to prune off branches that are lower to leave space for your own viburnum and fencing.   But finally the thicket of branches over the fence could provide greater screening to this area, in addition to the dogwoods would blossom and leaf out a month prior to the honey locust.   I could boost my dogwood complete to seven trees, and it is almost always a fantastic thing.   Can I rather have this corner somewhat crowded but more personal?   Yes.  Can I head pruning?   No.  Hmm, this notion has merit.   I will mull it over a bit more.

I will finish with this particular shot of the SE corner of my lawn.   A dogwood implanted throughout the fence in front lawn will display the neighboring windows somewhat better.   Building solitude with trees in a climate with a short growing season demands patience.   I wish I’d done a much better job of preparation for solitude a decade before, but better late than never, eh?

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