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Old 04-18-2011, 10:53 AM   #1
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Planting Emerald Green Arborvitaes


I want to screen the rear of my yard with Arborvitaes. My yard was leveled last year and right now I have a 2' high retaining wall made out of concrete block. Within this wall there is 24 inches of planting area before a 1 foot wood retaining wall separates my yard from my neighbors. The wood wall is sunk down 6 inches and my neighbors' yard is opposite that. The length of this area is 80'. I have several questions regarding the planting of the arborvitaes:

Is this enough space to plant the arborvitaes?

Will the roots be ok since there is the 6" wall under the surface separating my yard from my neighbors?

How many would I need to obtain full screening?

Should I plant them 2' on center?

Thanks for any help!

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Old 04-19-2011, 12:32 AM   #2
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No expert by any means here but I have planted these type arbovities .

I would plant them at the lowest level and a good couple of feet from the block wall.

Where you want to plant them they may push out your wall.

You could plant sedum ect in the 2 ft space

Spaced at 3 to 3.5 ft apart , the emerald green will take a few years to fill

in but look much nicer IMO as they will bush out.

One or two soaker hoses ( one on each side) for the dry periods are a must ( for the first couple/three yrs ) and no fertilizer for the first year.

I use miracle grow DILUTED 1/3 strength and just a sprinkle on rare

occasion ( only as needed ) and this will bring out the nice color.

Use lots of mulch.

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Old 04-19-2011, 07:28 AM   #3
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I agree with what High Gear said. 2ft would be a little too tight for Arbs- their roots fan out close to the surface.
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