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Creating a Privacy Screen

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Looking for a way to create a little privacy from your neighbors? Or maybe you’re just looking for a creative fix to decorate that white picket fence around the backyard? Whether using flowers, shrubs or evergreen plants, planting a privacy screen is an easy, functional way to add beauty and color to your backyard.

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Compost

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Landscape Spray Paint

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Mulch

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Rototiller

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Round Shovel

Upright Evergreen Plant

Upright Evergreen Plant

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Identify and measure out planting bed for privacy screen, spray area with spray paint

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Prepare planting bed by tilling bed area and incorporating soil conditioner

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Place plants in a straight line or zig-zag pattern, spacing them no closer together than their diameter at maturity.

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At maturity, Green Giant Arborvitae will spread 6′, space plants at least 6′ apart no matter the size at planting.

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Plant the plants according to how they were spaced out

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Water thoroughly

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Spread 1-2″ of decorative mulch in bed

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Recommended Evergreen Plants for Privacy Screens:

 

Green Giant Arborvitae

Emerald Arborvitae

Nellie Stevens Holly

Emily Bruner Holly

Needlepoint Holly

Sky Pencil Japanese Holly

Chindo Viburnum

Spartan Juniper (sandy soils, full sun)

Sasanqua Camellia

Yoshino Cryptomeria

Congratulations! You did it! Sit back and enjoy your new lawn addition!

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