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    Default green fencing ideas

    Now that we are settling into our new (old) home I am starting to have visions of what I want my yard to look like. I prefer some privacy but I am not attatched to a wooden fence, actually I would prefer a green hedge but know nothing about greenery. Luckily I have access to native shrubs for an affordable price and I am willing to wait a few years to reap the benefits.

    Does anyone have green fencing? any ideas, thoughts?

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    What about cedar? Good privacy and the birds love them. I am assuming cedars are native but I don't know for sure.
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    Cedar would be my first choice too.
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    And builds a Heaven in Hell's despair.

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    Another green option is Yew - can take both shade and sun is an evergreen, soft feel/look, comes in different green colors (dark, light, med). Some have berries be careful, I think some varieties are poisonous.

    Wild rose border - very hardy, don't need to treat, comes in lot's of colors, produces rose hips for the bird or you can make tea with it.

    Privet is a nice choice too. Not an evergreen but we had a fence of privet for years and enjoyed it.

    Don't ever plant ELM. It grows very fast but grows too tall and is high maintenance with all the trimming.

    Rose of Sharon (blooms in August)

    Nice summer/winter interest:
    Dogwoods (green or varigated leaf, green or red branches
    Burning Bush (red foliage in fall, winged branches in winter)
    Wild rose border (flowers in summer, rose hips in winter)

    Cedars are nice. They are evergreen, slow grow (trim 1x/yr). Plant in non-clay soil, plant small bushes as they can adapt more easily to soil conditions than larger plants. Suspectable to blight (turns orange) - dead.

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    great thoughts thanks ladies. I had heard that Yew would be a good option from another source. I also like the idea of some wild rose bushes and had been considering dogwood...hmmm...

    I like cedar but I think it has to be taken care of properly, I've seen it looking rather ragged in places (probably the blight mentioned by pp).

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