Landscaping ideas for property boundaries

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Landscaping ideas for property boundaries
Hedges are one way of delineating the boundaries of your property. (Privet Hedge at Night image by Gary Chorpenning from Fotolia.com)

Every property has a boundary. Adding landscaping features to mark those boundaries gives you an easy way of knowing exactly how far your other landscaping projects can go, allowing you to get the most from your outdoor space. In addition, they can prevent other nearby homeowners from creeping into your space with their own landscaping projects.

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Low Stone Walls and Slab Borders

If creating privacy isn't one of your primary goals, and you only want to mark the boundaries of your property, consider a low stone wall, a row of small boulders or large stones, or a concrete slab border. Such markers won't prevent people from getting in or out, but they also won't impede your view of the surrounding land. Outdoor track lighting along the wall or border can add a more high-end look to the boundary.

Hedges

Hedges and other evergreen shrubs are good for situations in which you both want to create a privacy wall and mark your boundary. Extremely tall varieties can create a complete barrier, impenetrable and entirely private. Waist- and shoulder-high plants allow more friendliness while still providing a strong barrier. Don't plant your hedges or shrubs directly on the boundary line between your property and your neighbours' since the plant will spread out as it grows, taking up a little of their property if it is right on the line.

Fences

Fences are another option to mark property boundaries, and depending on what style you choose can be as private or as open as you prefer. A waist-high, white picket fence is common, as are higher fences that form a wall-like barrier. If you don't like the look of these fences, consider ones with a decorative top, such as those with wrought iron.

Tree Row

Small ornamental trees make a decent boundary that is less obvious than hedges or fences in terms of its function. Small evergreens will provide a little more privacy year-round but can be a little reminiscent of hedges and shrubs. As with the shrubs, be careful as to where you plant your trees, making sure that the root system won't prevent your neighbours from making decisions concerning their own boundaries. Also beware of trees that have a tendency to take over areas, such as the tree of heaven.

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