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A client asked for a recommendation of some screening for the end of their garden, 5-7m run maybe, to reach 5m high as quickly as possible and be maintained there. My first thought was a line of eucs, planted every 1m ish, pollarded at desired height and then every two years, definitely top and probably sides. Ladder, strop and silky work. Evergreen, fragrant, easy to work on. I put it to them but with the obvious warning that they couldn't be left to get away, which they understood. They'd run up to the corner of three properties. Fence behind/under them, no wires, neighbour's house 6m ish away. Now I'd call that easy to work on but I'm still worried I've made a slightly dangerous recommendation. Eucs tick the boxes but they are eucs. I can't think of anything that will reach the height in the next say three years and either stay at that height or be easy to maintain at that height. Any better ideas?

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Willow or lime at slightly wider planting spacing? Slower but sort of safer. Could probably push the pollard cycle to three or four years but probably a more three dimensional job by then. 

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Who on earth wants anything 5m high, just plant a hedge.


It won't be immediate but in 5 years, you'll actually like it. Instead of being the antisocial A hole.

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lots of people want high screens, a development on sloping ground where neighbouring properties can overlook is one reason. Was on this the other day, took about 4ft off back down to second floor gutters.

Mux of bay and laurel, ok if they can afford big plants to start it quick



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