Planting trees for privacy

Beckie Fox

cedar screening for privacy

A frequent design conundrum for gardeners with a small space is how to create privacy without resorting to a fortress of wooden fencing. Admittedly, fencing might be the best option if the safety of children and pets is a priority. However, if security isn’t the issue, planting a few well-placed columnar trees can create a lovely green screen to block an unattractive view or muffle the sounds of car and pedestrian traffic.

“Using trees to screen an unattractive view” describes how narrow, upright trees can be an effective solution. The article includes lists of fastigiate deciduous and coniferous trees for sun or semi-shade, as well as how to source and plant them.

An example of cedars used to screen a seating area from sidewalk traffic. An attractive metal trellis with vines adds another layer of privacy.

They’re back

I haven’t seen them yet, but apparently my nemesis — Japanese beetles — are here, according to this report. As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve just about given up growing roses, one of their favourite delicacies. 

The Laidback Gardener in Quebec has complied a list of 107 (!) of their favourite snacks. Those of you who garden in beetle territory may want to consult it before plant shopping.

Pollinating with bubbles

A recent New York Times article describes ongoing research that uses bubbles — similar to the bubbles children play with — to aid pollination. Scientists have found the pollen-laced bubbles can pollinate fruit almost as well as bees, and it’s an easier process than other methods, such as pollen-spraying equipment or labour-intensive hand pollination.

A different kind of binge watching

David Hobson’s “In the Garden” columns in the Ontario Waterloo Region Record are known to bring a smile and a knowing nod. “It’s the start of an all-new series that runs from now until fall,” he writes in a recent column. “And it’s just like TV when I’m saying to myself, ‘Who is that actor?’ ”

One of each, please

These are definitely going on my “wish list.” This is from the Twitter account of Paul Gellatly @TattoodGardener. Gellatly is Director of Horticulture at Toronto Botanical Garden.

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