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I recently cut some old trees down. For privacy, I would like to plant some new trees around the perimeter of the yard. I don't want to spend a whole lot on these trees, so I'd like to plant young trees that are fast growing. Any ideas on what I could plant? And if there's something other than trees (bushes, grasses, etc.) that grow tall pretty fast, I'm open to that as well.
 

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Questions:
1. How far do you need the perimeter?
2. How high do you need?
3. What other concerns- other plants, power lines, septic lines, etc?
4. What trees did you remove and did they serve the purpose?
5. Just to ask- why did you remove them?

There are a lot of choices, some better than others in certain situations.
 

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Eucalyptus can grow 12-18 feet/year in the right climate.

But it can also drop a lot of branch debris. Albesia is another very fast grower and is known to drop entire limbs.

Then there is the African tulip tree. 20-30 feet in a year here. And left unchecked, you can have a multi acre forest of them in no time at all. Very agressive spreade with long, long, long root runners.

So you may want to check into more than just growth rate. Many factors to consider with trees. Some are incredibly messy.
 

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Here's a website that has some good info on trees to plant and not to plant.

http://forestry.about.com/od/treeplanting/a/best_yard_tree.htm

And if there's something other than trees (bushes, grasses, etc.) that grow tall pretty fast, I'm open to that as well.
Do a google search on 'Summerwine Ninebark'. I've been reading a lot about it and it looks like it would make a beautiful privacy screen. Here's one site where I found some information on it:

http://www.colorchoiceplants.com/summer_wine.htm
 

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Another idea I've seen is to build a lattice fence and grow Clematis on it. I planted 12 Arborvitae's about 9 years ago for a privacy screen. I've already replaced two of the :censored: things and now I see a third one has turned brown over the winter.
 

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Hey, thanks for all the suggestions. I'll take a look at each of those on the Internet. We have about maybe 40 feet of perimeter to cover in all. I guess about 20 feet high would be sufficient. We don't have anything in the way as far as power lines, septic lines, or anything like that. We bought this house last year and there were lots of dead trees. The main tree that we wanted down was a hickory tree (maybe 70 feet high) that dropped LOTS of nuts onto the house, onto the sitting patio, and onto the driveway. Plus, for some reason, the previous owner had a cable installed to hold the main 2 branches together and we had a major concern of that tree falling on the house. Also, we had an ash tree that was choked with vines and poison ivy that we just couldn't get rid of, and we didn't want that falling on the house. But most of the other trees were just dead or in bad shape. We had 13 trees in all removed, as well as the stumps. We were told by the tree guy that we could just leave the leftover sawdust from the ground-out stumps in place, let it sit for about a month or so, then throw topsoil on that and plant our grass. But I posted this on another thread and they said no, to take out that sawdust because it would eventually decompose and we'd have more of a sinkhole there. So I'm glad to learn that now rather than later down the road. Considering the size tree and the amount of perimeter we want to cover, maybe some kind of pine tree would be good---a no-maintenance tree that would fill the space year round and that would look good. I'll have to look into fast-growing pines. Oh, by the way, we're located in Cincinnati, Ohio (I think that's zone 6).
 

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most fast growing trees are either short lived or messy and stay away from imported speicies they can actully be harmful in the landscape
An excellent point, one of the best in this thread thus far. I would add quite often brittle and will break easily, which I believe (danger) was a concern of the OP.

Maples...
Which variety? NOT all the same.

OP- that follow-up info was excellent!
 

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Instead of looking into fast growing trees I looked into what trees I wanted. I have planted 5 birch trees - 1 is a red leaf white birch, a 2nd is a quaking aspen birch. Several of these arte over 12-15' tall now. An advantage to these trees is that they look great, but the leaves arevery small = less to rake

I have 12 cherry trees I planted, I'm getting cherries after 3 years
I planted an almond tree - its over 15' tall now, quite a few almonds now
I have 3 apple trees growing
Kiwi vines growing on 8' lattice
1 plum tree (1 died)
I have over 100 Rose O Sharons (free), most are between 3-10'
These are flowering slow growing bushes/trees that Max out at 25'

I started planting in 2004, most were very small - a lot under 2' tall
 

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dave rose o sharon or hibiscus is my favorite tree -shrub did you know the quaking aspen is actually a poplar species they are called aspens out west i have a couple did you get your trees from gurneys?
 

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dave rose o sharon or hibiscus is my favorite tree -shrub did you know the quaking aspen is actually a poplar species they are called aspens out west i have a couple did you get your trees from gurneys?
The Rose O Sharons were free from a nearby restaurant
They have a hedge made up of them & the landscapers pull the seedlings out & toss them. I helped weed for a bit & walked away with 40+ seedlings
I bought most of my seedlings 8-10 years ago at my old house
Then I transplanted them to the new house 5 years ago
Possibly from Gurneys, I didn't keep a record back then
At the time I was able to buy qty of 10 for cheap $$ 18" tall
I haven't seen the same offer anywhere else since

Once our addition is finished (and paid for) I'm going to be buying some more Japanese Maples - but the non-common versions that you do not find at Lowes ( I bought 2 at end of season for about $10 each - 3 to 4' tall)
http://www.buymaples.com/

Waterfall version is my favorite



I also bought about 50 hibiscus plants & planted them all around my house
The large flowers are up to 8"+ across when blooming

 
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