Creating Shade & Privacy With Trees

As a professional landscaper, one of the most common requests you are likely to get from your clients is to help them achieve more privacy in their garden. Nobody likes to feel like the neighbors are looking in on them when trying to relax, so it is easy to understand why it is an important factor to so many people when designing their outdoor space. Trees and shrubs are a great way to create natural privacy and they can be purchased wholesale from Northshore Nursery.

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Let's take a look at what to look for when choosing trees for screening and shade.

Choose Trees That Are Easy to Grow

When it comes to creating privacy, you need to opt for a good hardy tree that can thrive regardless of soil conditions or sunlight. Fussy species are not the best option for privacy screening as they often need substantial amounts of attention. Ideally, you want to be able to plant the trees and leave them to their own devices most of the year!

Screening Trees Should be Evergreen

Privacy is going to be an ongoing issue at any time of the year, so it is important to opt for Evergreen trees and shrubs that will maintain the screen through all seasons. There is little benefit in using a deciduous tree that drops its leaves in Winter leaving gaps in the branches! Choose dense evergreens with thick branches.

Look For Pretty Foliage

Although privacy trees are largely functional, your client will still want their garden to be aesthetically pleasing. Choose trees with pretty softer foliage instead of sharp needles!

Dense Planting is a Must

In order to create an effective privacy screen, trees and shrubs need to be planted quite close to each other. Some evergreens need a lot of room to grow and won't perform well in this situation. Look for trees that can thrive in dense planting arrangements and consider shrubs to fill gaps.

Creating Shade with Trees

Of course, planting trees isn't all about privacy, many clients are also going to want to use trees to provide some shade in their garden. Good choices for shade include Japanese Maple and Magnolia.

If you are interested in wholesale trees, shrubs or any other products give Northshore Nursery a call at 865-830-6531.


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