How To Choose The Best Screening Trees For Privacy

Screening trees

Screening trees are an ideal solution if your garden feels overlooked. Their luscious green foliage can also be used to obscure unsightly views such as busy roads or eyesores which may be visible from your property. 

Not only can screening trees boost the enjoyment of your property, but they can also add value to your home. Trees also improve the air quality and can have positive impacts on local biodiversity. 

At Scott Davies Tree Surgery, we often work on projects involving helping our clients select the best trees for privacy. 

If you are considering screening the garden with trees, these are some of the benefits of doing so, plus some of our top considerations to factor in. 

Benefits of screening trees

Providing more coverage than a typical wall or fence, screening trees are fantastic for creating privacy. Whether you live in a suburban or urban area, it’s nice to have a private outdoor space where you can relax and enjoy some fresh air. Privacy trees can also help block out noise, unwanted sights and even unpleasant smells. They also provide a sense of security by making it harder for intruders to see into your property.

Another benefit of privacy trees is their aesthetic appeal. Trees are a beautiful addition to any landscape and they can make your property more attractive and valuable. Screening trees come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and colours, so you can choose ones that complement your existing landscaping.

Things to consider when selecting a privacy tree

Privacy tree size

When it comes to selecting a privacy tree, there are a few things to consider. First, you’ll want to think about the size and shape of the trees. Some trees grow tall and skinny, while others are shorter and wider. The size of your property and the amount of space you have will help determine which trees will work best for your needs. If you are local to the Manchester area, our team can advise you further on tree suitability following a site visit.

Screening tree type

You’ll also want to think about the type of tree. Every variety has different growth rates, which will affect how quickly the tree will provide the desired privacy.

Maintenance is also a top area of consideration. Some trees require more pruning and upkeep than others, so you’ll want to choose ones that fit your lifestyle and schedule.

Some popular privacy trees include the Leyland Cypress or Arborvitae.

The Leyland Cypress is a fast-growing tree that can reach up to 50 feet tall, making it a great option for larger properties. 

The Arborvitae is a more compact tree that’s perfect for smaller spaces. It grows to be about 20 feet tall and has a conical shape that makes it a popular choice for landscaping. 

Choosing the right spot for planting a screening tree

When it comes to planting screening trees, there are a few tips to keep in mind. First, make sure you’re planting the right tree in the right place. Some trees prefer full sun, while others prefer partial shade. 

Make sure you’re choosing trees that will thrive in your specific climate and soil type. You’ll also want to make sure you’re planting the trees far enough apart to allow for proper growth and maintenance.

Screening tree maintenance 

It’s also important to note that screening trees are an investment. They can take several years to grow and provide the desired privacy, so it’s important to have patience and take proper care of them. This means watering them regularly, pruning them when necessary and fertilising them as needed. 

In contrast, fast growing privacy trees such as bamboo, Italian cypress, photinia, privet trees, Scots pine and silver birch may require more attention sooner. This is to ensure not only the health of the plant but also to keep the height and spread in check, especially if the trees are close to any boundary lines. 

If you’re not up for the maintenance that comes with planting and caring for privacy trees, consider hiring a professional landscaper to help.

In Summary

Screening trees are an excellent way to create privacy and add beauty to your outdoor space. With so many options to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect trees to meet your needs. Just remember to choose trees that are the right size and shape for your property and plant them in the right location. With proper care and maintenance, your screen trees will provide you with the privacy and beauty you desire for years to come.

Discover Our Tree Planting Services In Manchester

If you are looking to plant privacy trees or need advice on how to create a natural screen around your property, contact the Scott Davies Tree Surgery team today.

We provide tree planting services across the Greater Manchester area. Alongside helping to select the perfect tree for your land, we can also offer ongoing maintenance for your tree to ensure its long-term health. 

For advice on the best screening trees for your Manchester property give us a call on 

07853 582 444.