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Old 05-09-2018, 01:37 PM   #1
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Hey folks,

I am looking to plant something that will grow fast and act as a visual barrier from the neighbors. Stand alone roughly a hundred yards long. I average 44" of rain a year so it does not have to be drought resistant but as you all know it can get a little hot in central/south Texas. Soil tests will be performed and soil will be amended as necessary.

I just have no clue what to plant. It needs to grow fast and tall.

What would you all suggest?

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Old 05-09-2018, 01:40 PM   #2
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Old 05-09-2018, 01:45 PM   #3
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Old 05-09-2018, 01:47 PM   #4
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My neighbors have Confederate Jasmine growing on our fence line and its taking over my side of fence now. Lucky for me my wife likes it! lol
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Old 05-09-2018, 02:01 PM   #5
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Where are you located? I would not suggest red tips for hedge or privacy. Look at Ligustrum Japonica or Viburnum Odoratism. Confederate jasmine also works well if it has a fence to support the vines. May also want to look at eleagnus if you dont care how big the hedge gets.
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Old 05-09-2018, 02:03 PM   #6
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Old 05-09-2018, 02:13 PM   #7
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Old 05-09-2018, 02:19 PM   #8
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Clarify: Are you looking for vines that will cover up a transparent fence, or a tree that will provide 20+ feet of coverage?
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Old 05-09-2018, 02:21 PM   #9
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Leyland Cypress trees are what I'd go with if you're trying to totally block out your neighbors from seeing your property at all. They grow really fast (3-5 feet per year) and are basically a wall (can't see through them at all).
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Old 05-09-2018, 02:25 PM   #10
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Clarify: Are you looking for vines that will cover up a transparent fence, or a tree that will provide 20+ feet of coverage?
I am looking for a block of trees/plants to cover a hundred yards. I do not want any vines on the fences.
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Old 05-09-2018, 02:26 PM   #11
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You can come dig up all the Yaupon you want from my place. In a few months it will take over everything
I have plenty of rose hedge also
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Old 05-09-2018, 02:28 PM   #12
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You can come dig up all the Yaupon you want from my place. In a few months it will take over everything
I have plenty of rose hedge also
And deer seem to hammer the stuff.
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Old 05-09-2018, 02:33 PM   #13
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I am looking for a block of trees/plants to cover a hundred yards. I do not want any vines on the fences.
I'd make sure your area can support them and go with Leyland Cypress then. 20-25 feet wide, 40-50 feet tall, completely block out any and everything.
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Old 05-09-2018, 02:37 PM   #14
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Pampas grass? Gets about 10ft wide
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Old 05-09-2018, 03:05 PM   #15
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Old 05-09-2018, 04:22 PM   #16
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Bamboo grows quick...but spreads
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Old 05-09-2018, 04:26 PM   #17
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Second this.
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Old 05-09-2018, 04:33 PM   #18
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Russian Olive Hedge makes a heck of a barrier and at a glance is resistant to drought and disease. Can be pruned or allowed to get big and bushy. Makes a fine "wall."
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Old 05-09-2018, 08:05 PM   #19
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What ever you do donít use bamboo, that crap spreads like fire and is nearly impossible to get rid of


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Old 05-09-2018, 08:24 PM   #20
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Monterry oak trees. Just planted 8 of them for same reason.
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Old 05-09-2018, 09:13 PM   #21
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Texas Lilac. Could be bush or tree. Pampas grass. Pretty together.
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Old 05-10-2018, 08:59 PM   #22
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Oleander if you don't want the animals to graze on it all the way to the earth.

Deer will eat red tips until there is nothing left.
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Old 05-10-2018, 09:56 PM   #23
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What ever you do donít use bamboo, that crap spreads like fire and is nearly impossible to get rid of


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Old 05-11-2018, 02:48 PM   #24
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I used Golden Bamboo and was very happy with it. Get the clumping variety and it does not spread, bur instead gets a ring wider each year. We have removed entire clumps with no problem.
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Old 06-19-2018, 05:37 PM   #25
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Hey,
First of all, clarify me one thing, Are you looking for vines that will cover up a transparent fence or a tree that will provide 20+ feet of coverage?
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Old 06-19-2018, 09:44 PM   #26
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Hey,
First of all, clarify me one thing, Are you looking for vines that will cover up a transparent fence or a tree that will provide 20+ feet of coverage?
See post 10 Grasshopper
Get in the habit of reading replies and not posting based on the original post


I thought Oleander was poisonous? If I had critters I didn't want dead I would avoid that

Not sure what a good answer to OP's question but I would stick with something that was evergreen/foliated year round
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Old 06-19-2018, 09:49 PM   #27
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Bamboo grows quick...but spreads
Bamboo. My parents have used it on serval properties.

Hedge row on left is bamboo hedge row on right is an uncut fence for 12 years. The only way I can get through the bamboo is a path that has been made to walk the fence line. The bamboo is impassable.
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Old 06-20-2018, 12:20 PM   #28
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I thought Oleander was poisonous? If I had critters I didn't want dead I would avoid that
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It is poisonous.
That's why goats know better to not eat it.
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Old 06-20-2018, 12:27 PM   #29
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We planted bottlebrushes and in less than a year they have over doubled in size. Our neighbor did the same and in 3 years they are about 9' tall and 4-5' wide.
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Old 06-20-2018, 12:36 PM   #30
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Ligustrums would work.

As noted: oleanders are poisonous; bamboo will spread out of control and requires an excavator to remove.
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Old 07-06-2018, 12:52 PM   #31
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Old 07-06-2018, 01:28 PM   #32
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I plated a row of 40 Leland Cypress trees last year. They were about 12" when I planted them. There about 15' apart from each other. They are only about 16" tall now. But I don't water them like I should, having said that they are pretty hardy little dudes. Only three didn't take. But they were kinda of dis colored when I planted them. I plan on a lot of watering now and some regular miracle grow treatments now that I have water out there.
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Old 07-06-2018, 01:43 PM   #33
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Pampas grass? Gets about 10ft wide
Oleander
Bamboo grows quick...but spreads

These get my vote also just as other have said.
I love Cypress tress but they will take a long time to get big enough to make a wall. I would think a couple of rows of Pine would be better and faster growing if you are in acidic soil. I assume this is in a lots of sun area also?
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Old 07-06-2018, 04:43 PM   #34
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Old 07-06-2018, 04:50 PM   #35
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I am looking for a block of trees/plants to cover a hundred yards. I do not want any vines on the fences.
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Old 07-06-2018, 11:27 PM   #36
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Anyone wanting a quick, tall barrier ^^^^ this is your answer.
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Old 07-07-2018, 12:44 AM   #37
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Old 07-10-2018, 10:35 AM   #38
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Lot of guys up north use miscanthus grass. It’s sterile so it doesn’t spread and grows fast. Fairly sure it’ll take where you’re at too.
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Old 07-10-2018, 11:01 AM   #39
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Vitex. grows fast and looks great when it blooms
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Old 07-23-2018, 10:55 PM   #40
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My folks did the bamboo on their place and it **** sure does the job but like others have stated, it spreads and if it's in a yard where you'll be walking it could be problematic. When you trim it you can wind up with **** punji stakes on the ground and they hurt like hell if you go barefoot.
I used Wax Myrtle and it's a clear choice for me. Grows fast, thick and you cant kill the stuff. I also have some Savannah Holly that works great too. Real tall.
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Hey folks,

I am looking to plant something that will grow fast and act as a visual barrier from the neighbors. Stand alone roughly a hundred yards long. I average 44" of rain a year so it does not have to be drought resistant but as you all know it can get a little hot in central/south Texas. Soil tests will be performed and soil will be amended as necessary.

I just have no clue what to plant. It needs to grow fast and tall.

What would you all suggest?
What central or south Texas location gets 44" of rain per year?!?!
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Old 07-24-2018, 02:44 PM   #42
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Oleanders are poisonous. stay away from Red Tips;Too many pest and disease issues. Ligustrum, Wax Myrtle, Clumping Type of Bamboos(yes there are types that dont take over the world), one of the many types of Viburnum (Walter's Viburnum is a favorite of mine) and Bottlebrush would work well (just make sure not to get the dwarf), and Leyland Cypress would look great as well...
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Old 07-24-2018, 04:25 PM   #43
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Old 07-24-2018, 04:54 PM   #44
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^^^^ This. I used them to turn a chain link fence into a privacy fence. Really fast growing plant.
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Old 07-24-2018, 05:02 PM   #45
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great answer but they tend not to be thick enough for a good barrier! I have thousands on my place,, I destroyed a couple yesterday,,, they should be sprouted when I get home today!
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Old 07-24-2018, 05:08 PM   #46
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plain old cane will work,, not as tall as bamboo but will get very thick,, impossible to walk through, or see through
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Old 07-27-2018, 10:43 AM   #47
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Some of these suggestions you need to be careful with. Try to go with natives and depending on your tolerance for toxicity - watch out for oleanders (toxic, causes heart failure if the leaves are consumed) and the cherry laurel, which is probably the most toxic plant in the state. It is an evergreen, but both green and dried leaves and fruits contain high levels of cyanide and will kill most anything that puts a berry or leaf in its mouth.

Oleanders will freeze in the winter and die back but they are hardy.

I, too, would avoid the bamboo because it is not a native and nearly all non-natives end up causing problems.
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Old 08-03-2018, 01:22 PM   #48
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What central or south Texas location gets 44" of rain per year?!?!
Post oak Savannah area
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