How to Make a Strong Natural Fence

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How to Make a Strong Natural Fence
Large evergreen trees create strong natural fences. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Making a strong natural fence lies in deciding what type of tree should be used. As a barrier between neighbours, natural fences of planted trees provide beauty, privacy and noise, wind and snow reduction. Natural fences such as these require care and patience, however. In the beginning stages, your natural tree fence will not be filled out, but don't get discouraged. After several seasons of growing time, it will begin to look lush and provide a much needed barrier.

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Things you need

  • Appropriate trees
  • Measuring tape
  • Wooden stakes
  • String
  • Shovel
  • Water
  • Shears

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    Determine what kind of tree you want to use for your natural fence. Look for one that grows quickly and tolerates a wide range of soil. The Leyland Cypress tree can be grown in USDA zones 6 to10, which covers much of the United States. These evergreen trees can grow up to 15 to 20 feet wide and 35 to 40 feet tall.

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    Mark the boundaries of your fence line. Measure ten feet inside your property boundaries and mark the corners of your property with wooden stakes. Tie a string to each stake to form the square of your property. This will allow you to have straight lines when planting your trees to form your natural fence. You must measure ten feet inside the property boundaries to ensure adequate room for your trees to grow.

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    Plant the trees in a triangular pattern to form a stronger natural fence line. Beginning on one side of your string line, plant a row of your chosen trees five to seven feet apart from one another. Dig each hole deep enough that the entire root system of the tree can be buried, but the soil should not come up onto the trunk of the tree more than two or three inches. Plant a second row of trees, five to seven foot apart, on the other side of the string line. These trees should be planted in between the trees of the first row to create a series of triangles.

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    Water the trees of your natural fence on a regular basis. While the trees are becoming established, daily watering is needed, until the soil is moist but not soaked. Following that, weekly watering is appropriate if your climate demands it. In some parts of the country, it is not necessary to water trees often.

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    Prune your trees on a seasonal basis. Remove branches that are clearly out of the main line of the trees with a pair of shears or clippers. Failure to prune the trees as they are growing may result in an unsightly fence line.

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