For hundreds of years, people have been marking off their territory with various types of fencing. Brick walls, for instance, were used often to outline a kingdom or a country.
Today, fences are designed to mark the line of one’s property – to keep people from walking through the yard, keep stray animals out, or pets from running outside the yard. They are also used to block the view of nosey neighbors or to simply create a beautiful outline around the home.
Fencing is not only offered in traditional materials like wood or wrought-iron, but they can also consist of natural alternatives and be accompanied by a wide array of foliage such as tress, bushes, and/or scrubs. A natural fence can serve the same function as a property line marking, and at the same time bring a beautiful forest-like feel to your outdoor surroundings.
Without overpowering the fence, you may want to line both sides of your front yard with rows of some type of Acer bush, such as a Dissectum Atropurpureum, which is colorful most of the year and has a low-to-the ground spread.
The Acer bushes are a member of the Evergreen family and grow rather rapidly in a wide range of colors and styles. However, if you just want to line your property without blocking out your neighbor’s view, trim the bushes back to a workable level, but keep them long enough so they can serve as a property line marker.
An Evergreen bush/tree, such as the Ilex Opaca, offers another alternative to lining the sides of your front yard. Some of these evergreens can grow rather tall, up to 50 feet, yet they require very little care. Evergreens are also extremely weather resistant. If you want to keep animals out of your front yard using the Evergreen, plant the type that grows like a bush, or plant a tight row of small bushes in front of the Evergreens. This will act as a barrier and also give your yard a nice textured, layered look.
If you want to block out the whole front yard, line the evergreens and smaller bushes all around the property line. If you also want to block off the walkway, an archway covered in ivy and a small gate may do the trick.
The back yard can also be lined with evergreens of different types such as the Leyland Cypress. These evergreens grow very tall, up to 100 feet, and have a nice long shape to them.
Decora (Rubber Tree) and Crape Myrtle are also weather resistant plants. They grow rapidly, reach high heights, and are abundant. They are also affordable and can be planted in almost any environment. One of the advantages to using a Crape Myrtle, besides its resilience, is that they have beautiful flowers that bloom a couple of times a year which will give your yard beautiful spurts of color.
Planting your property line with plants and a few trees will not only create a natural fence, but also a private oasis to enjoy at the end of a long day. And to achieve true relaxation, you will never have to leave your backyard again.