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If you are not using your garden as much as you would like because it is not private enough, this article is for you. Below I explain how to create a living hedge or screen even if you are on quite a tight budget.
Opt for the lower priced screening trees
Screening trees are ideal for the job. They grow fast and you end up with a dense barrier between you and the neighboring space. As well as stopping people from being able to look in on your property they have the potential to keep a lot of noise out as well.
There are several varieties available. You can buy Thuja Green Giant from The Tree Center without having to spend a fortune to do so. This particular variety of screen tree is typically cheaper to buy than the more popular Emerald Green Arborvitae and Leyland Cypress varieties are. Yet, Thuja Green Giant still grows nearly as fast as they do. It also reaches a respectable height of around 40-feet. If you do not want them to be that tall, all you need to do is to cut the tops off as soon as they reach the desired height.
If you buy the younger trees that are only a foot or two tall you will only have to wait a season or so to end up with a screen that is nearly as tall as an adult. Younger, shorter trees are very much cheaper than more mature trees.
Buy your trees gradually
You do not necessarily need to buy all of your trees in one go. There is no harm in buying one a month during the planting season. You will be surprised by how quickly you will complete your living hedge even if you have to do it in a piecemeal fashion.
Look out for special offers
At different points in the year, most nurseries and tree retailers hold sales. Keep an eye out for them and buy your trees then. In some cases, you can get as much as 50% off. It is worth signing up for a few newsletters. Most firms notify those people on their mailing list of upcoming special offers. This means you get the chance to buy before anyone else and reduce the risk of the trees that are on special offer from selling out before you get a chance to buy.
Buy with a friend
A lot of firms offer considerable discounts to those people who buy in bulk. So, if you know that someone else in your street or area also wants to create a living hedge you could consider buying your trees together. Naturally, with this arrangement, you would need to know the person well and feel that you can trust them.
Do the planting yourself
Another way to save money is to do the planting yourself. Provided the trees are not too tall, this is not hard to do. You can learn the correct way to plant most screen trees by reading this pamphlet, which is written by a forestry expert.