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  • N'east horse-friendly privacy fast growing hedge/bush/etc?

    I know, I know, ask the local Extension.

    But it's Friday night. You're here, and they are NOT.

    Any favorites?

    Looking to block the view, mostly, more than anything.
    InnisFailte Pinto Sporthorses & Coloured Cobs
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Bits are like cats, what's one more? (Petstorejunkie)

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    No actual specific advice other than to talk to some real experts about 'fast growing'.

    I had a fast growing tree in my front yard. Apparently the previous owner was warned that this type of tree was fast growing with a more horizontal roots, which meant they grew into my sewer drain and I had some problems.

    Other fast growing trees and bushes will grow more vertical roots. This helps with longevity and not getting into things they should not be getting into.

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    • #3
      bamboo is very fast growing and it grows tall and spreads...

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      • #4
        Originally posted by gloriginger View Post
        bamboo is very fast growing and it grows tall and spreads...

        ......but not so much in northern New England where PP lives.
        Incredible Invisible

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        • #5
          Bushes

          how about Black, blue or rasberry bushes? Have you got new fruitbat neighbors?
          I 'been missin the smilies!
          Last edited by Larksmom; Feb. 5, 2010, 11:17 PM. Reason: spelling
          Another killer of threads

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          • #6
            wait--i'm in vermont and have invasive bamboo. it grows crazy tall-say, ten feet high! and spreads like wildfire.
            the only way to get rid of it seems to be goats--they like the young shoots.
            my bamboo used to attract tiny wasps when in bloom, though give the goats access to it and there will be no blooms. ever!

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            • #7
              Jerusalem Artichokes "Sunchokes" for a quick fix this summer.
              I know the tubers are edible, but am not sure if the leaves are poisonous? They grow quite tall very quickly, and have pretty yellow flowers.

              I had a big bamboo patch at the farm in NH... I'm sure it would grow up he'ah.

              I bet Fedco might have some suggestions... 207-873-7333. Probably not open right now, but maybe tomorrow?
              -Jessica

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Quin View Post
                ......but not so much in northern New England where PP lives.
                I live in Northern NE and we have bamboo.

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                • #9
                  Here, a friend planted "austrees" on a line to eventually protect his roping arena from the SW winds.
                  In five years they were TEN times larger, now a good 40-50 foot tall and definitely a great visual and wind barrier.
                  He said they grow as well as you may water them.
                  He watered them A LOT.

                  See if those may thive where you are.

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                  • #10
                    How about arbor vitae - they are green and pretty and grow fast - they don't have nasty root systems and will not take over yours and your neighbors farm in 15 minutes when you are not looking. You can plant a line of them and they will look like a hedge in a couple of years.

                    There's also privet, but I think that takes more maintenence.

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                    • #11
                      Ditto privet - but you can leave it natural. It grows all over the place here.
                      http://www.fast-growing-trees.com/Pr...FRCenAoduwwyIw
                      Some folks say it is not suitable around horses - but mine never suffered from it.
                      ... _. ._ .._. .._

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                        #12
                        Thanks! This gives me a place to start research.

                        Neighbors are OK--but close, so that side is needing it, but mostly I need it along the road. People stopping to 'pat' and FEED the pretty horses (all of which are attention whores) is the bigger issue.
                        InnisFailte Pinto Sporthorses & Coloured Cobs
                        ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

                        Bits are like cats, what's one more? (Petstorejunkie)

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                        • #13
                          Not sure if it grows in your area- but I planted a row of rosa rogusa for the same reason. Old owners developed the farm except for our square. Neighbors are always walking down sidewalk in front of farm petting them.

                          They are supposed to grow into a symetrical hedge 6' high and 6' wide. They've been in 2 years and went from 6" to 18"- hopefully will get wider and start filling in this year. I planted them 2' apart so they would grow in quickly.

                          I ordered from greenview nursery in TN. Google for the site. They tell you all about them and which areas they grow in, etc. Oh- and they are very very low maintenance!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by DiablosHalo View Post
                            Not sure if it grows in your area- but I planted a row of rosa rogusa for the same reason. Old owners developed the farm except for our square. Neighbors are always walking down sidewalk in front of farm petting them.

                            They are supposed to grow into a symetrical hedge 6' high and 6' wide. They've been in 2 years and went from 6" to 18"- hopefully will get wider and start filling in this year. I planted them 2' apart so they would grow in quickly.

                            I ordered from greenview nursery in TN. Google for the site. They tell you all about them and which areas they grow in, etc. Oh- and they are very very low maintenance!


                            GOOOD IDEA!! They grow like weeds around here. And are prickly. And not fun for climbing through.. .but they smell yummy, and you can make rosehip jam and rose petal syrup too..
                            -Jessica

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                            • #15
                              Anyone know if the rosa rugosa are toxic to horses? I need something right up near the pasture until the teeny weenie spruces grow up. The fence will be hot, but just in case...

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                              • #16
                                I just did some Googling, and according to the ASPCA site, Rosa Species is not toxic to horses... sooo... I would assume Rosa Rugosa must not be toxic. Good to know. I love them, and we have some growing along the fence lines on our new farm...
                                -Jessica

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                                • #17
                                  Do leyland cypress grow that far north? They grow incredibly fast and are quite attractive. Mine will take a bit of them occasionally, but I don't think they're harmful.
                                  Lowly Farm Hand with Delusions of Barn Biddieom.
                                  Witherun Farm
                                  http://witherun-farm.blogspot.com/

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                                  • #18
                                    Just remember the rugosa are deciduous so the privacy part isnt so great in the winter - which I think in your area is like 8 months! They would be great for keeping people away from the horsies though and dont look like a blockade.
                                    For privacy, I have gone with the abrovitae. Got a deal on some about 5 ft tall for $35 each. Didnt do much for my back but they are on year two and have grown at least a foot! Recently got a couple of smaller ones at the local Lowe's at the "end of season" sale and they were about $10 each for about 3' tall.

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                                    • #19
                                      please don't plant bamboo. It's a horrible invasive species and basically destroys habitats.

                                      the eastern red cedar is a good choice. They are evergreen and can be trimmed to a hedge. Plus they provide a lot of food for birds and are safe for horses. Grow pretty fast, might be slightly slower up in the NE. This is also a Juniper.

                                      Any type of Ilex (Winterberry)- These grow at a pretty good rate but I don't know how tall they will get for privacy.

                                      Folks around here have made hawethorn hedges- but they are fairly slow to grow- but very attractive finished product.

                                      I would go with a type of ever green tree or shrub.

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                                      • #20
                                        Ditto on the bamboo. Invasive foreign species are not great.

                                        I had some kind of wild Rosa Rugosa at my parents place and I KNOW it is okay for horses. Once the pasture was pretty eaten down the pony started in on the rose bush and she made quite the dent in it. She would only eat the tender young leaves but she would get tiny little scratches on her nose getting to them. Hungry pony (not really hungry- just thought she was hungry).

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