Here is a picture looking at my front yard from house. I live back a 1000+ ft driveway, you can only see part of it. It kind of opens up into the area where the house is. You can't see the other houses down by the road really, except you can see the one neighbor that lives back a lane too.
I'd love to be able to plant some trees or something to block off the view of their house. I moved in here last fall, so I don't know how much they are outside for sure. It's more about just having that feeling that I have complete privacy in my area, not that I'm running around the front yard naked or anything.
I own this strip of grass/shrubby area between us, outlined in red. I guess depending on the tree, if it loses leaves in fall, it wouldn't hide much in winter, depends on number of branches I guess.
I saw a couple of trees in a nursery thing and it says they grow very fast.
1. "Super Hardy Hybrid Willow"
http://www.farmerseed.com/detail.asp?pid=75482. "Hybrid Poplar"These are the fastest growing trees we know of for shade, privacy, wind protection and soil erosion. They can grow up to 20 feet in only one season! Trees are disease-resistant and do not spread by seed or suckers. They often reach 80-100 feet tall with lateral branches from the ground up. They have a life span of 70 years under good conditions.
http://www.farmerseed.com/detail.asp?pid=6761Why wait 10-15 years for regular trees to shade your home? These beautifully-shaped, majestic trees (Hybrid Poplar) will shade a 1-story house in just three years! It has a spread of 30-35' and will reach a mature height of 50-60' in only a few years. Hardy and rugged -- grows almost anywhere! The Hybrid Poplar normally lives 30-50 years and is wind-resistant as well as insect and disease resistant. They thrive even in bitter cold Canadian climate. The results of 50 years of research by the U.S. Forest Service, they are used to reforest fire ravaged land quickly and to reclaim strip mines and land fills. Perfect for screening, too! It insures privacy between houses and serves as a windbreak or snow fence on farms. Plant 9' apart and they grow into a solid green living wall in about 3 years. The screen variety has a width of about 10' with denser branches than the shade variety. All trees shipped will be 3-4' tall. Salt and drought tolerant.
Another I saw in the magazine... not sure about it.
So, what do you guys think? Any ideas, thoughts, experiences?