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    Anyone here green fingered??

    We want/need to plant some sort of trees in our back garden. Mainly for some privacy from the houses at the back.

    I have no idea what sort we should get!

    Would like the trunk to be about 6ft then flower above the fences. Cant grow too big though otherwise we wont be able to look after it properly.

    Thanks in advance xx

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    More info needed.
    You want flowers, evergreen and an actual tree with a single trunk rather than a shrub??

    build a fence.

    if you dont want it to grow too big don't plant conifers those these grow fast they certainly dont stop at the 6 to 10 foot mark...

    Cherry trees look lovely at that height, we have a magnolia tree in our garden and its about as tall as our house now, breathtaking blossoms throughout spring though the weirdest seed pods you ever saw! Any kind of fruit tree such as an apple tree or damson will grow around about 12 foot ish or to the height of the house.... Whatever you choose you may need to trim down the branches as it grows to help it grow the way you want it to x x x

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    We want a flowering tree not a shrub

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    Jed Maxwell;5110913

    build a fence.


    We have a fence but we live on an estate where you can almost see in the neighbours windows!

    loobie;5110918

    We want a flowering tree not a shrub



    Just one?

    Remeber however tall a tree grows its roots generally grow that far outwards too.

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    ClarityofMind;5110915

    if you dont want it to grow too big don't plant conifers those these grow … if you dont want it to grow too big don't plant conifers those these grow fast they certainly dont stop at the 6 to 10 foot mark...Cherry trees look lovely at that height, we have a magnolia tree in our garden and its about as tall as our house now, breathtaking blossoms throughout spring though the weirdest seed pods you ever saw! Any kind of fruit tree such as an apple tree or damson will grow around about 12 foot ish or to the height of the house.... Whatever you choose you may need to trim down the branches as it grows to help it grow the way you want it to x x x



    We had conifers at the last house so deffo dont want those again!!

    We are quite happy to trim down branches so long as it's not too tall, the trees you have mentioned sound like just the thing we need. I will make a list, thanks x

    loobie;5110927

    We have a fence but we live on an estate where you can almost see in the … We have a fence but we live on an estate where you can almost see in the neighbours windows!



    I know how you feel. I just walked in the living room and my girlfriend pulled down my boxers and shorts in one go. she revealed me to the world. We need a bush for some cover.

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    chesso;5110934

    Just one?



    Will need 2 or 3 i think along the back

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    Jed Maxwell;5110965

    I know how you feel. I just walked in the living room and my girlfriend … I know how you feel. I just walked in the living room and my girlfriend pulled down my boxers and shorts in one go. she revealed me to the world. We need a bush for some cover.



    Haha! I get that quite often - well the hubby usually pulls my top up for everyone to see :oops:

    You could plant a line of Leylandaii conifers but you will need to cut them back every year. They will grow approx 3' every year, but let them grow to about 12' lop off the top 3' each spring and you will have a good thick hedge at about 10'. But you must remember to lop them back each year, or they will grow and grow and grow.....................and grow.

    loobie;5110978

    Haha! I get that quite often - well the hubby usually pulls my top up for … Haha! I get that quite often - well the hubby usually pulls my top up for everyone to see :oops:



    oh really? Where abouts do you live again?

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    harlzter;5110950

    Remeber however tall a tree grows its roots generally grow that far … Remeber however tall a tree grows its roots generally grow that far outwards too.



    Thanks, will that cause any major problems though? I mean, we had big conifers at our last house but didnt encounter problems

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    Jed Maxwell;5111001

    oh really? Where abouts do you live again?



    Lol - nice try :thumbsup:

    loobie;5111005

    Thanks, will that cause any major problems though? I mean, we had big … Thanks, will that cause any major problems though? I mean, we had big conifers at our last house but didnt encounter problems



    it can cause problems if the roots entangle themselves with the foundations of your home, it can cause subsidence in some cases, just dont plant too close to the house x x

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    Oh right, well it won't be close to the house so think we'll be ok xx

    Have you thought about putting up a purgalor or trellis with something like clematis montana. It will grow quicker and far cheaper than mature trees. Also a lot easier to look after.

    please please please dont plant leylandi, been trying to get the neighbour to cut these beauties down for 2 years!!! (you can see the roof of his house to the right of the picture)


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    we live like moles :cry::cry::cry:

    GAVINLEWISHUKD;5111101

    Have you thought about putting up a purgalor or trellis with something … Have you thought about putting up a purgalor or trellis with something like clematis montana. It will grow quicker and far cheaper than mature trees. Also a lot easier to look after.



    that sounds like a lovely idea to me... you could have a rambling rose and/or some summer jasmine. would have the most gorgeous fragrances x x

    Oh, and I do now remember the herb rosemary can be grown into tall hedges about 6 foot tall, lovely blue flowers in the spring and the smell is gorgeous obviously, takes a few years to grow that tall though x x

    I would recommend that you have look through some of the suggestions here:

    rhs.org.uk/rhs…760

    Choose a tree that is naturally small or you will be forever hacking at it. There are magnolias and cherry trees that are suitable for back gardens but most are far too big; you need to get the right varities. Evergreen magnolias are huge. The small ones like M stellata and M soulangea are beautiful but don't look great with a single stem. Prunus serrula, the tibetan cherry however is an absolute cracker and well worth investing in. Another small tree worth its weight in gold is Amelanchier canadensis ( or lamarkii) - beautiful blossom right now and lovely spring foliage. A Japanese maple would be super to complete your trio, not the dissectum varities but you cant go wrong with a red one, like Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood'.

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    GAVINLEWISHUKD;5111101

    Have you thought about putting up a purgalor or trellis with something … Have you thought about putting up a purgalor or trellis with something like clematis montana. It will grow quicker and far cheaper than mature trees. Also a lot easier to look after.



    That's quite a good idea, i'll put it to the hubby and see what he thinks. Thanks x

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    ClarityofMind;5111139

    that sounds like a lovely idea to me... you could have a rambling rose … that sounds like a lovely idea to me... you could have a rambling rose and/or some summer jasmine. would have the most gorgeous fragrances x xOh, and I do now remember the herb rosemary can be grown into tall hedges about 6 foot tall, lovely blue flowers in the spring and the smell is gorgeous obviously, takes a few years to grow that tall though x x



    Ooh, i could use it on my roasties too lol

    oh mich, thats awful for you... leylandi should be shaun right off each yr just a few foot above the ground so they appear like a flat table, encourages them to grow outwards and not just upwards.... those trees havent been cared for properly and i'd hate to see em fall down in a storm.

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    chesso;5111148

    I would recommend that you have look through some of the suggestions … I would recommend that you have look through some of the suggestions here:http://www.rhs.org.uk/rhsplantselector/resultslist.aspx?SearchesID=716760Choose a tree that is naturally small or you will be forever hacking at it. There are magnolias and cherry trees that are suitable for back gardens but most are far too big; you need to get the right varities. Evergreen magnolias are huge. The small ones like M stellata and M soulangea are beautiful but don't look great with a single stem. Prunus serrula, the tibetan cherry however is an absolute cracker and well worth investing in. Another small tree worth its weight in gold is Amelanchier canadensis ( or lamarkii) - beautiful blossom right now and lovely spring foliage. A Japanese maple would be super to complete your trio, not the dissectum varities but you cant go wrong with a red one, like Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood'.



    Thank you, what a great help xx

    michelleleemoo;5111131

    please please please dont plant leylandi, been trying to get the … please please please dont plant leylandi, been trying to get the neighbour to cut these beauties down for 2 years!!! (you can see the roof of his house to the right of the picture)we live like moles :cry::cry::cry:


    Horrendous; there are laws now for this sort of thing. What a horrible thing for that neighbour to do.
    I'm crying with you!

    ClarityofMind;5111174

    oh mich, thats awful for you... leylandi should be shaun right off each … oh mich, thats awful for you... leylandi should be shaun right off each yr just a few foot above the ground so they appear like a flat table, encourages them to grow outwards and not just upwards.... those trees havent been cared for properly and i'd hate to see em fall down in a storm.



    tell me about it, we've had court orders against him and everything but to no avail, pee's me off every day

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    ClarityofMind;5111174

    oh mich, thats awful for you... leylandi should be shaun right off each … oh mich, thats awful for you... leylandi should be shaun right off each yr just a few foot above the ground so they appear like a flat table, encourages them to grow outwards and not just upwards.... those trees havent been cared for properly and i'd hate to see em fall down in a storm.



    My thoughts exactly, surely they have to do something about those trees! Bet it makes your house quite dark too.

    loobie;5111171

    Ooh, i could use it on my roasties too lol



    i have big hexagonal pots of herbs each about a foot across growing in my garden, herbs are so relaxing too x x

    loobie;5111200

    My thoughts exactly, surely they have to do something about those trees! … My thoughts exactly, surely they have to do something about those trees! Bet it makes your house quite dark too.



    There is the high hedges act (which comes under the anti social behaviour act) where the complainant pays £300 for legal action through the council, tried that.

    well there's some good advice on here and I bet you'll get a lovelier garden for it :thumbsup::thumbsup:

    michelleleemoo;5111250

    There is the high hedges act (which comes under the anti social behaviour … There is the high hedges act (which comes under the anti social behaviour act) where the complainant pays £300 for legal action through the council, tried that.



    i'm remembering reading about a case where a man got so peeved about this that he took a saw and went and cut down the neighbours hedges and even though the neighbour had been told to take em down he wasn't allowed to do this.... crazy cos it's impacting on his neighbours lives negatively... Isn't there someway you can have him adhere to the law?

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    Thanks michelle, some great advise here. Gonna go out looking tomorrow and hope to find something suitable.

    Hope you manage to get those trees sorted soon xx

    loobie;5111166

    That's quite a good idea, i'll put it to the hubby and see what he … That's quite a good idea, i'll put it to the hubby and see what he thinks. Thanks x



    If your wanting round the year coverage you may want to add some ivy in too so it will block the view in the winter. You will have to work a little harder or the Ivy will take over, it's not difficult work though. You may want to into bambo too which can look pretty too.

    ClarityofMind;5111297

    i'm remembering reading about a case where a man got so peeved about this … i'm remembering reading about a case where a man got so peeved about this that he took a saw and went and cut down the neighbours hedges and even though the neighbour had been told to take em down he wasn't allowed to do this.... crazy cos it's impacting on his neighbours lives negatively... Isn't there someway you can have him adhere to the law?




    loobie Thanks michelle, some great advise here. Gonna go out looking tomorrow and hope to find something suitable.

    Hope you manage to get those trees sorted soon xx



    thanks guys, had some housing association bigwigs out a couple of weeks ago after I told them I was going to the newspapers and just waiting to hear back, If he keeps ignoring court orders there's just eviction left but then the responsibility ends up with the new tenant so at the moment trying to get the housing ass or the council to take over responsibilty and just chop the flucking things down

    Michelleleemoo do your neighbors work all day? I could have them down in a few hours.

    GAVINLEWISHUKD;5111411

    If your wanting round the year coverage you may want to add some ivy in … If your wanting round the year coverage you may want to add some ivy in too so it will block the view in the winter. You will have to work a little harder or the Ivy will take over, it's not difficult work though. You may want to into bambo too which can look pretty too.



    The bamboo my hubby has in our land in florida is like easily 25 foot tall and really huge around, I've never seen it grow more than a plant here... would be interesting! We have varigated ivy grown up from a plug maybe oh.. 8 yrs ago now possibly but it entirely covers an outbuilding we use as a music room here. Grows at a rate!!

    GAVINLEWISHUKD;5111466

    Michelleleemoo do your neighbors work all day? I could have them down in … Michelleleemoo do your neighbors work all day? I could have them down in a few hours.



    no but he goes to the pub for hours :-D:-D
    oooh just noticed your Nottingham

    michelleleemoo;5111475

    no but he goes to the pub for hours :-D:-D



    that might work, we get him really drunk, cut down the trees and leave the tool in his hand lol

    ClarityofMind;5111482

    that might work, we get him really drunk, cut down the trees and leave … that might work, we get him really drunk, cut down the trees and leave the tool in his hand lol



    Oh Clarity, he's perfectly adept at getting himself drunk! :w00t:

    Just had a though could round up a HUKD posse :-D:-D

    loobie sorry to gatecrash your thread but gav empty your inbox x
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