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Screening Fundamentals – Spine Valley Nursery

Screening with vegetation is usually needed to supply privateness and to display screen undesirable views from our properties and yards. There are some pitfalls to keep away from regarding screening with vegetation, corresponding to:

*DO NOT PLANT ALL THE SAME VARIETY OF PLANT!  We now have seen what can occur when a “wall” of Photinia is contaminated with Entomosporium fungus and defoliates. Or an Elaeagnus “hedge” will get scale bugs and dies. Any time you plant a monoculture of vegetation you threat dropping all of them to one thing that solely impacts that exact plant. Years in the past we had 100 foot property traces in  many neighborhoods that have been planted with Oleander. A bacterial illness known as Xylella killed all of them. A freak winter freeze (bear in mind 2021?) can take out a display screen if all of the vegetation are the identical and never sufficiently winter-hardy.

*DO YOUR HOMEWORK! Know your soil sort, what number of hours of solar every space to be planted receives and the place irrigation traces might be positioned. Your nursery personnel shall be asking you these questions and it makes a distinction within the suggestions they make.


First, decide the views that you simply wish to display screen out of your view. 

*Have a look at the view from each window and outside area that may profit from screening.

*If you’re making an attempt to display screen your yard from individuals trying IN, attempt to go to the areas exterior your yard that may present the view that neighbors or passersby will see.

*Have somebody stand within the yard and talk with you with two-way radios or cell telephones. It’s your decision them to carry a measuring pole to point the peak of the display screen required for protection.

*Place a stake or irrigation flag with the peak vary written on it in every space recognized, within the location that may give the suitable protection.

*Take into account a raised mattress or raised berm to immediately improve the peak of the screening, if wanted. Berms should lengthen out 5 ft in width in all instructions for every foot that they rise. 


Research and put together the world to be planted.


*Dig a gap 1’ large and 1’ deep within the space designated to be planted to find out the kind of soil, depth of soil, and porosity of the soil. Fill the opening with water, let it drain. Fill it a second time with water and report how lengthy it takes to empty fully. If it drains at the very least one inch per hour, the soil is effectively drained. If it drains slower, you might have to construct up a berm to maintain roots from rotting. All the time select vegetation for the kind of soil you’re planting them in.




*Assuming you’ve got good inner drainage it’s now time to map out the planting space. DO NOT MAKE THE BEDS TOO NARROW! Most of our screening vegetation get massive, and one of many greatest errors I see is making an attempt to suit a plant that will get large right into a slender mattress. A minimal of 8 ft in depth is beneficial, however a 15-foot mattress might be required for some vegetation. Do your homework! Discover out the mature peak and unfold of the vegetation you select.

*Use a water hose to “lay out” the form of the planting space. Light curves are extra pleasing to the attention and simpler to plant than erratic curves. Keep in mind to make the mattress large sufficient for the roots and the irrigation of the roots.


Plant Choice

*Decide what number of hours of direct daylight every space will obtain in the summertime. There’s a massive distinction between 4 hours and eight hours of direct solar in the summertime.

*Select vegetation based on the mature peak and width required, with pleasing aesthetics. All vegetation on the identical irrigation zone should even have related watering necessities.


*If area is out there, contemplate a “two tier” planting, with taller vegetation within the background.  If further peak is required, contemplate planting a shade tree with understory plantings that may tolerate shade as soon as the tree has grown.


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