It doesn’t matter how much you love your neighbors—privacy is a must in your backyard! This is your space to live, play, and relax, and the last thing you want is everyone all up in your business. One of the best ways to create privacy is with trees. In this article, we’re going to look at some of Northern Colorado’s best trees for privacy. Trees are an amazing buffer to the environment around you so you can have a quiet, private oasis.
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The Benefits of Privacy Trees & Bushes
Why use trees to create a privacy barrier instead of hardscaping? Well, for one, high fencing might not be allowed by your HOA, so you’re going to want to start there when it comes to what is allowed. We recommend using evergreen trees or bushes because they provide a year-round barrier that’s lush, green, and that won’t go away with the change of season.
Evergreens with dense branches have been found to be more effective at blocking noise and wind than a fence can. We also love that they don’t require the same maintenance and repairs that fences do—they may need a trim here and there. Plant them strategically to provide the best benefit, and along with a fence, you’ll have everything you need for the best privacy.
Northern Colorado’s Best Fast-Growing Trees for Privacy
And now comes the million-dollar question: which trees provide the best privacy and also grow fast in Northern Colorado? The benefit of hardscaping is that it can be installed in a matter of hours or days. Trees need more time.
That said, you can buy trees and shrubs in almost any size and height that your budget allows. But if you have more time, you can buy what is most affordable for you now, and in a few years, have a nearly maintenance-free, permanent barrier.
We recommend evergreens, which are hardy in our dry Colorado climate. Here are some of our favorites:
- Spartan juniper: these compact conifers grow tall rather than wide, and can be placed a few feet apart. They grow up to 15’ tall and can grow up to 2’ each year.
- Green Giant Thuja: these gentle giants can grow up to 5’ each year, and up to 40’ at full maturity. They are a bit wider than the juniper, so you can use fewer and plant them wider apart.
- Norway spruce: this is the fastest-growing spruce, at about 3’ each year. At full maturity, it can reach up to 40-60’, and spread 25-30’ so it’s great for large yards.
- Canadian hemlock: these incredibly versatile trees can be planted close together and trimmed into hedges, or allowed to grow to their full height of 70’ and width of 35’. It can grow 12-14’ each year.
How to Choose Fast-Growing Privacy Trees
We recommend that before you fall in love with any options that you have us come to your yard so we can provide a full consultation. We’ll look at your space, talk to you about what your biggest concerns are, and make recommendations based on how much maintenance you can provide as well. But it doesn’t hurt to have ideas you’d like to see first!
What works great for one yard might not be a good option for another, based on water, grade, soil, sunlight, and other factors. Those who live in an established neighborhood in Boulder might need a different solution than a brand-new neighborhood in Greeley, for example.
When we plant trees for you, we’ll let you know the best way to care for and fertilize them, as well as if/when they should be trimmed. And if you have deer and rabbits that pay you a visit on the regular, we’ll let you know if your plant choices are going to be more of a snack or a repellant.
When it comes to fast-growing trees that provide the best privacy, All Terrain Landscaping is here for you! When it comes to planting, irrigating, and maintaining your trees, we’re the best in the business. We want you to enjoy your outdoor space to the fullest, and we’re available all along the Northern Colorado region.
Give us a call or fill out our online contact form, and somebody from our team will set up a visit so we can give you a quote.