Bush for boundary

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Old 03-28-16, 07:15 AM
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Bush for boundary

I need to plant some bush/shrub to mark the boundary . I am assuming it will be cheaper than installing vinyl fence . What type of plant should I select and how far apart should those be planted to have a thick fence.

I am in New England (lot of snow and hard winter)
 
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Old 03-28-16, 07:28 AM
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I like evergreens on a boundary so there isn't just some dead looking, leafless plant half the year. How far apart depends on the specific plant and that would partially depend on how much height you want.
 
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Thanks. I am actually looking for suggestion on which plant should be the right one (I am novice about plants) . Height should be about 4' -- not too tall since that will block sunlight
 
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Old 03-28-16, 02:10 PM
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I'd recommend going to a local nursery and talking with them along with seeing what they have. They will be knowledgeable as to what grows well in your area.
 
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I don't see how a plant marks a boundary. However, if you still want to use a plant, get a plant with thorns or what we used to call a sticker bush.
 
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Pulpo, plantings are often used to 'mark' or define the boundary line. Think of all the hedge rows you've seen a long a property line.
 
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Pulpo, plantings are often used to 'mark' or define the boundary line. Think of all the hedge rows you've seen a long a property line.
I didn't see the word 'row'. A row of bushes can cost as much as a fence. Many of the "rows" that you mentioned are used for privacy.
 
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arborvitae is frequently used and can be trimmed as needed. As Mark suggested a local nursery would help identify which plants would work best. However, a live hedge to mark a property line can have problems. Do you plant it on the line or 6' to your side so you can have access and maintain all the way around. If space on the property is not an issue, use a hedge. If 6" would be a problem, plant a fence, they grow very slowly.

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Thanks . Space should not be a problem -- it is road side (corner plot) .

For the side with neighbor, it should still be not a problem -- it is a 0.5 acre plot with plenty of land
 
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Arborvitae was the first plant to come to mind for me as well but Mark's suggestion of checking with local nurseries is a good one.
 
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Old 03-30-16, 02:55 PM
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Remember, a "living" fence will be much harder to maintain than anything else. I had privet alongside my driveway and that crap took almost constant pruning to keep it from overtaking the driveway. I cut it way back one year and within 18 months it was back overgrowing the driveway. I finally paid a gardener to cut it all the way to the ground, he didn't want to, said it would likely kill it but I insisted. Well, it was fine for several years but is now growing back, albeit not yet over the driveway. I did cut the roots and all in one area and so far that isn't growing back but the neighbor's English Ivy (Oh, how I detest that stuff) is making serious inroads.

And don't for a minute think that a PVC fence is the answer. PVC gets rather brittle in cold weather and it also has a tendency to acquire black marks from thin air as well as green marks from any vegetation. Using a string trimmer to keep grass and weeds in check can severely damage the PVC.
 
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