Buffer Zone Privacy Planting
How to gain privacy by planting a buffer of trees & shrubs
Rather than a rigid wall of trees or a hedge, planting buffers offer screening of different plants set at varying depths for more gardenesque appeal.
Buffer zone planting is an attractive solution because it doesn't sacrifice foundation planting for screening. Foundation planters are designed along a fence line to separate it from the lawn for easier maintenance. The buffer zone is simply a wider fence line foundation planting that positions large trees and shrubs
Tradeoffs: Due to the depths of the planting area, you might find some gaps in the screening from some vantage points in the yard. It's important to position all plants exactly to ensure they do their job.
Maureen Gilmer, contributing writer for Landscaping Network, author and syndicated columnist