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Living fence #167719

Asked February 22, 2014, 2:03 PM EST

I have a 6' tall wooden stockade fence that I would like to cover (hide) in green plant material (evergreen). I would prefer a vine or hedge but everything I think is ideal turns out to be poisonous (we have 4 dogs). I do not want arbor vitae or trees. Please help and thank you.

York County Pennsylvania

Expert Response

Green Giant Arborvitae would be my first choice.  But there are other choices for a vegetative buffer.  Streamco purpleosier willows can be used as a screen, they can thrive  in a variety of conditions.

http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_PLANTMATERIALS/publications/nypmcrbsapu2stre.pdf

and also:
http://www.extension.org/pages/24096/plant-hedges-for-privacy#.UwwIn4VFAsY


Do not use forsythia as it is poisonous.  Thanks, G.
Gregory Martin Replied February 24, 2014, 10:07 PM EST

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