Using shrubs or trees to create a privacy screen around a yard is an excellent way to increase a home’s value, create shade, benefit the environment, and even block noise. Fortunately, there are many types of trees and shrubs that homeowners can use as a privacy screen. Homeowners can choose a tree based on growth rate, ideal environment for that specific tree’s optimal growth, and personal preference for aesthetic purposes.

Get Help When Starting A Project

The first step in determining what kind of tree to use when growing a privacy screen should be consulting with a Certified Arborist who has a strong sense of aesthetic. A certified arborist has been tested and approved by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) based on their experience and knowledge of the field. Finding an ISA certified professional is an excellent start to finding an experienced and knowledgeable arborist to work with when landscaping a yard, so hire professional arborists this summer and beautify your yard!

While it may be tempting for home or business owners to start growing trees without professional help, it is important to remember that while plants serve very practical purposes they are still a living organism with specific care needs for their survival. Giving them the best start and the best routine care is crucial to protecting them as an investment, after all, if some of the privacy screening trees or shrubs fail to thrive the homeowner will have to start from scratch, and this will be a costly and frustrating hassle.

Choose The Right Tree or Shrub for the Job

When someone consults with a certified arborist they should come prepared with some ideas of what they are looking for in a live privacy screen. Evergreens are a common choice since they will provide privacy all year round. For those who prefer variety in color, or trees that bloom, deciduous trees will be a better choice, as long as they are ok with the trees losing their leaves (and the homeowner losing some degree of privacy) during the winter months. Anyone starting a privacy screen should also consider how tall they want the privacy screen to grow, how much space they have, and how much pruning and upkeep they are willing to provide for it.

Maintain The Hedge in Order to Protect the Investment

Of course, maintaining the privacy screening trees or hedges is important once they are planted and growing well. A trained professional will know when and how to trim them so that they continue to thrive and grow. A professional will also have the proper equipment to do it safely. As with a traditional fence, taking the time to maintain privacy shrubs will extend their life and increase their aesthetic value.

Increase the Revenue of Your Rental Property

Many cottages have an extra cabin or storage space that is bundled in with the main cabin, but if you are one of the many people who rent their property out for profit in the high season, it might be worth converting the secondary building into a livable space and renting it out separately. Creating a solid privacy screen will ensure that your guests feel comfortable and leave you a good review!