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Attempting a Living Fence

I am in Northeast Ohio so it gets pretty cold in the winter and pretty warm in the summer. I have about 300 feet of chain link fence in good condition. I'd like to have some privacy and enhance the landscape. Would would be best to plant around the fence to allow for some greenery all year, and that could hold up to the elements.

I was thinking Ivy perhaps? I'm not sure what to look into for something that will last and allow some privacy.

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Ivy is not a bad choice, but keep in mind that it's an aggressive plant.

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If you choose ivy you'll be forever trimming and you'll never get rid of it.
Talk to some local nurseries for advice.

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Redbuds work great here in the south but Yew may be better for your climate. Local nurseries, Garden Clubs, and county extension offices are a plant-lover's best friends!


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What they said.

And by all means avoid bamboo like the plague.

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Those are great tips. Thank you all for your answers! I was thinking Ivy, but I remember trying to un-do Ivy at a past house - that's pretty much an impossible and back breaking task. I will check into some of the other items mentioned.

Thank you all.. great advice!!

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English Ivy has been banned statewide here in Oregon due to its invasive nature. Arborvitae is commonly used here for screening. It is evergreen and fast growing. It can be trimmed as a hedge. If not trimmed, it grows very tall. Small, potted plants can be bought relatively reasonably at the big box stores and would give eye level screening within 3 or 4 years.

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I live in northeast Ohio, as well, and the best way to go is the use of evergreen trees, such as pine, spruce, etc. They are hardy in our climate of frigid cold winters and drought summers, and they provide year-round beauty and great living fences!

To create lush beauty, add various types of perennials such as ornamental grass, hostas, daylilies, deciduous shrubs, ground cover, etc. In various textures, sizes, and shapes. You can make it as low or high maintenance as you desire, and it also provides an extra "layer" of privacy!

Good luck!

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