Living Fence

We have been working over the past month getting the bed beside our patio cleaned out and ready for a living fence.  The neighbors have a deck coming off their second floor that looks right down onto our patio, so I have been longing for a little more privacy since we first moved in.  We relocated the pitiful azalea bushes to the side of the house in front of the fence.  There were some scraggly rose bushes there when we moved in, but I don’t do rose maintenance, so I dug them out and freecycled them.

We cut back the azaleas, so that hopefully they will bush out nicely.  (They are in desperate need of mulch too!)  There were also two Crape Myrtles on each end of the bed.  We were going to try and pull them out, then decided maybe we should just cut them off and rent a stump grinder.  In the end, we just cut them off and drilled holes in the stump, into which we poured straight Roundup.  Crape Myrtles are beautiful, but stubborn, so hopefully that will kill them down to the roots and we won’t get any strays popping up in the yard.

After this weekend, I hope to have some beautiful ‘after’ pictures of a few of these babies in their new home:


The Thuja Green Giant is the Fastest Growing  Evergreen Tree (3-5 feet per year once established). Thick, compact privacy screen. Easy to Grow.

“Quickly screen out neighbors or unsightly areas….without taking up a lot of yard space…”

• Grows up to 3-5 feet per year once established
• Drought tolerant
• Disease & insect resistant
• Easy to grow & very adaptable

Thuja green giants grow in a uniform shape and height. You get that classic French Renaissance look without having to prune or shear.

In fact, you don’t have to do anything to them. They’re drought tolerant and have no significant insect or disease problems.

Thuja Giants are a popular alternative to pest prone evergreen trees like hemlocks and pines.

You’ll never have to worry about mixing chemicals or spraying these trees. Not prone to deer and bagworm problems.

This is a tough tree. Resists ice and snow damage. Grows in almost any soil, even sandy loam or heavy clays. Prefers direct sunlight, but also does well in partial shade.

The Thuja Green Giant is the perfect fast growing evergreen for a privacy hedge or wind screen. Plant every 5-6 feet for a thick barrier.

You can easily trim them once a year to your desired height. Left unpruned- Thuja Green Giants planted in rows can reach as high as 20-30 feet.

Your Thuja foliage stays soft & thick all year long.

From: Fast Growing Trees Nursery

I am so excited about these plants.  Disease, pest and drought resistant?  Fast growing?  Does well in heavy clay?  Sounds good to me!

Published by Leslie

I think Habitual Rearranger fits me well because I am never settled on designs, colors, or placement of items in our home. I drive Bradley crazy sometimes, but I keep figuring out new and better ways of doing things! I am not striving to be profound or an expert on anything in this blog. It is simply a way to keep a record of all of my adventures - home and life - for me to reference and also for my loved ones to follow along. I am a born and raised Georgia girl. I don't think I would enjoy living anywhere except the south. Bradley and I spent six and a half years in our starter home and are now in our forever home, a 1970s traditional two story brick house. I love getting into all kinds of projects around our house, and I try to document all the dirty details here if for no one else than for me.

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