My son-in-law asked me this morning if he thought we could plant ivy on his chain link fence to afford some privacy/screening from the neighbors' yards. I don't think that would be the best choice and was hoping someone would have a good idea. We'd like something that would grow quickly and not be too expensive. I'll be looking forward to hearing from y'all!
I second Dewey's comment on not getting anything that gets out of control. I've seen Virginia Creeper take over whole neighbor hoods from just one planting in one yard. What doesn't spread from runners gets spread by the birds dropping seeds.
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Our first house had ivy covered chain link all around the back yard. The Ivy had grown so much that the Ivy met in the middle of the yard! It took my hubby weeks to get it cleaned up. After the first few days of hacking at it we had to go to the neighbors and warn them that rats would be moving around the neighborhood. It was awful!
I made the mistake of planting a small piece of ivy in my front garden bed, hoping it would climb a trellis & look pretty as a dimensional feature. HUGE MISTAKE! It took over the entire bed & worse yet actually grew up under our vinyl siding on the house. I spent 6 hours pulling ivy from a bed that was 12' x 5'... it wrapped in my Azela Bush so. Sadly I had to prune it barely down to nothing & it skipped a bloom this year. I pulled out vines that were 15' long..! It creeped under a cement patio on other side of the fence that separates that bed from our raised patio. I pulled what I could but I know it will return, because I could not grab it all. The real joke is no matter what I did it never did climb trellis, it preferred the ground so it could spread. Please do yourself a favor & AVOID IVY! Go for medium sized Arborvitae trees. They grow very fast & when pruned properly they are pretty, they stay green all year too. Perfect for privacy. Try a local nursery or a BJ' s or Costco, sometimes you can get a great deal there. Good luck - Michelle
Hi... I know this was posted months ago, but it so reminded me of the Morning Glory that I planted 2years ago. It grew and took over my downsprout by my garage. It strangled the other flowers around. It had a life of its own.My husband actually grabbed out the roots because it traveled on our fence and wrapped it self around our neighbor's flowers. It never came back. It needs a fence with nothing around it to strangle just for it to bloom, because it's blooms are beautiful first thing in the morning and then they close up toward the evening.
Depending on where you live, different things will do differently for you. How big of a space is he wanting to mask off? Large enough for a line of shrubs and still have room to keep the fence clean? Whatever you do, if you share the fence with a neighbor, be sure to talk to them if you put something that will climb on the fence. They will have to live with it too.
Around here, Leland Cypress are used to screen off areas. They take well to pruning too. Just be sure to plant far enough apart as they can get a wide spread to them and you don't want their brances to 'weave'. Anything you plant should have good air circulation to avoid pests and diseases from overcrowding.
We have a cool plant here in TN called Arundo donax, or more commonly known as Giant Reed Grass. I think zone 6 is as cold as it likes though.
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