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#3674299 - 05/20/14 12:59 PM "Screen" Trees??
Hunter 257W
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I'm in need of some fast growing trees for a "Screen" effect on the property line. I'd prefer evergreens for the fact that they don't lose their leaves and therefore will screen my property year round. What are some good evergreen species that are fast growing and affordable for this purpose?
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#3674303 - 05/20/14 01:11 PM Re: "Screen" Trees?? [Re: Hunter 257W]
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Leyland cypress.

Fast growing.

Inexpensive as opposed to others.

Fast growing.

Hardy.

Did I mention they are fast growing???
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#3674314 - 05/20/14 01:38 PM Re: "Screen" Trees?? [Re: JandSCattleCo]
Hunter 257W
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 Originally Posted By: JandSCattleCo
Leyland cypress.

Fast growing.

Inexpensive as opposed to others.

Fast growing.

Hardy.

Did I mention they are fast growing???


I do like fast growing. I just looked them up and read that 3 feet per year is possible. Any good sources in middle TN? I'd like to get trees that are about 3 feet tall and bare root.

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#3674316 - 05/20/14 01:43 PM Re: "Screen" Trees?? [Re: Hunter 257W]
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Protect em,bucks love to rub em,learned the hard way.....
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#3674331 - 05/20/14 02:17 PM Re: "Screen" Trees?? [Re: Football Hunter]
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You wouldn't want to put tubes on a tree that you are growing for a screen, would you? The tube would keep them from spreading out and filling in the space between. Has anybody used tubes on a screen type evergreen?
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#3674386 - 05/20/14 03:50 PM Re: "Screen" Trees?? [Re: Hunter 257W]
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Lowes and Home Depot both have them right now. My neighbor just bought two last weekend.

Mind you it was for going on the far side of his house. Not on mine.

Also, no tubes on these.
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#3674437 - 05/20/14 05:08 PM Re: "Screen" Trees?? [Re: JandSCattleCo]
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As others have pointed out, the Leyland Cypress is probably your best bet. They do make excellent screen trees.
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#3674445 - 05/20/14 05:14 PM Re: "Screen" Trees?? [Re: BSK]
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Only thing I found is they do not transplant very well. Be sure where you put them is where you want them.
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#3674626 - 05/20/14 10:44 PM Re: "Screen" Trees?? [Re: DaveB]
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Well, I just read this about the Leyland Cyprus and it doesn't sound so good:
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Leyland cypress only lives for twenty to twenty-five years. I've found that trees left to grow large may have limited root support and are the first to blow down during high winds.
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These trees will be out in the open with no other trees sheilding them from the wind and they'll also be in a line from North to South so they'll get hit from the West in most every wind storm we have. Also this will be a 400 yard long line so there will be a significant amount of work and money spent planting them and I want it to last my lifetime. The 25 year lifespan of the trees doesn't inspire confidence in that regard. \:\(

Also a portion of this 400 yard long line floods every Winter so I'll have to use a tree species that can tolerate that. From what I've read, the Leyland Cyprus can't stand flooding. For that area I was looking at using the Bald Cyprus since The Wildlife Group sells them and i like dealing with those guys plus more importantly, this tree loves standing water. But then I realized they lose their leaves in the Fall. What I need is something that stays thick and green year round.

Back to the Leyland Cyprus though, one possible plan to reduce the chance of blowovers is to plant more than one row. If I decide to go this route, that would take care of the dry part of my fencerow which is about 150 of the total 400 yards.

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#3674859 - 05/21/14 10:34 AM Re: "Screen" Trees?? [Re: Hunter 257W]
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Consider pine trees which can grow about anywhere if they have sun. Some are fast growing and some are slow. I'd suggest the slow ones because the fast growing (loblolly) would get blown over in a wind when they get larger. You are going to need a lot of them and pines are inexpensive and can be ordered through the Tenn. Div. of Forestry for planting next winter. You could plant a row of fast growing loblolly backed up by a row of slower growing Virginia Pine. Last year's seedling catalog can be seen at: http://www.tn.gov/agriculture/publications/forestry/seedlingcatalog.pdf
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