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Privacy plantings

Posted: 4/21/2014 5:06 PM

Privacy plantings 


My son-in-law asked me this morning if he thought we could plant ivy on his chain link fence to afford some privacy/screening from the neighbors' yards.  I don't think that would be the best choice and was hoping someone would have a good idea.  We'd like something that would grow quickly and not be too expensive.  I'll be looking forward to hearing from y'all!
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Posted: 4/21/2014 7:35 PM

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Boxwood hedge, or boy and/or girl holly bushes,  They grow relatively quick, easy to manicure with a hedge trimmer or lawn shears.  And best of al, they won't get out of control.

IMHO, anything that climbs and spreads will have you wishing you didn't do it in a few years when it gets out of control, such as Boston or English Ivy.
Anything worth dewing, is worth dewing well ~ Dewey
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Posted: 4/21/2014 9:26 PM

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I second Dewey's comment on not getting anything that gets out of control. I've seen Virginia Creeper take over whole neighbor hoods from just one planting in one yard. What doesn't spread from runners gets spread by the birds dropping seeds.

High desert grass and shrubland, zone 5, cold desert of Northern Nevada. 
Reporting live from the deadly Forty Mile Desert of Nevada.
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Posted: 5/20/2014 3:30 PM

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If you are in zone 8-11, Star Jasmine makes a very good non-invasive evergreen vine. It smells really good too! :)
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Posted: 6/2/2014 12:46 AM

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Our first house had ivy covered chain link all around the back yard.  The Ivy had grown so much that the Ivy met in the middle of the yard!  It took my hubby weeks to get it cleaned up.  After the first few days of hacking at it we had to go to the neighbors and warn them that rats would be moving around the  neighborhood.  It was awful!

I would not recommend Ivy.


Meri in MN,  zone3
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Posted: 6/4/2014 6:43 AM

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I made the mistake of planting a small piece of ivy in my front garden bed, hoping it would climb a trellis & look pretty as a dimensional feature. HUGE MISTAKE! It took over the entire bed & worse yet actually grew up under our vinyl siding on the house. I spent 6 hours pulling ivy from a bed that was 12' x 5'... it wrapped in my Azela Bush so. Sadly I had to prune it barely down to nothing & it skipped a bloom this year. I pulled out vines that were 15' long..! It creeped under a cement patio on other side of the fence that separates that bed from our raised patio. I pulled what I could but I know it will return, because I could not grab it all. The real joke is no matter what I did it never did climb trellis, it preferred the ground so it could spread. Please do yourself a favor & AVOID IVY! 
Go for medium sized Arborvitae trees. They grow very fast & when pruned properly they are pretty, they stay green all year too. Perfect for privacy. 
Try a local nursery or a BJ' s or Costco, sometimes you can get a great deal there. 
Good luck - Michelle
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Posted: 6/12/2014 8:50 AM

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miriam2244, did you decide what to do? I'd love to get an update!
Kathy C, Minnesota, Zone 4-5
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Posted: 6/12/2014 9:42 AM

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It appears she hasn't been back on since April 23 so she may not ever give us a report.  Hope she does though.
Betty, Northcentral Louisiana, Zone 8
I asked God for a flower, and He gave me a garden.
I asked Him for a tree, and He gave me a forest.
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