There are many popular methods of retaining some privacy in the exposed area of your back garden – naturally, the most obvious is to simply erect a wooden fence of a considerable height; however this can often ruin the relaxed or serene atmosphere of a back yard, by making it feel closed in or structured.
Thus, many gardeners and homeowners alike look to Mother Nature to form a more organic barrier between them and their neighbors. From amidst the numerous different plants, trees, flowers and structures one might use to their advantage, we’ve drawn out the Cypress tree to discuss its merits.
Why choose the Cypress tree over other forms of privacy?
The Cypress tree is very similar to other trees of its ilk; it is often lumped in with the Thuja tree on account of their physical similarities. There are a couple of different, popular species of the Cypress strain, such as the Alaska-cedar, Monterey Cypress or the Leyland Cypress – but, generally speaking, the maintenance rules and general advantages/disadvantages apply across the board.
The Cypress tree is such a popular choice due to its full bodied, thick foliage and impressive height once it reaches maturity, making it perfect for privacy. Additionally, and like other similar species, it grows at a very quick pace (often as much as four feet or more per year) and adapts well to a variety of different environments and soil types.
Again, you may wish to look into the different species when choosing one for your own environment or gardening zone. For example, the Arizona Cypress strain grows very well in dry, rocky environments – usually mountainous regions; whereas the Bald Cypress finds itself at home in wet, swampy climates, usually alongside a body of water.
How best do I plant and take care of the Cypress tree?
Before you plant a Cypress tree – of any species – it’s important that you do a little bit of research and forward planning first. In nature, a mature cypress is a literal giant; some reported heights are as tall as 100 feet and widths can reach as much as 25 feet, once the tree has reached maturity. Even though you will be on hand to prune, and edit this growth, it’s something to consider before having one in your garden.
If you still decide the Cypress is the tree for your garden, then make sure you plant it in a well-drained, spacious location in an appropriate garden zone (for example, the Leyland Cypress is appropriate for homes located in United States zones 6 through to 10A).
When planting multiple Cypress trees together, you will want to leave around five foot of space between each to allow for strong roots to take hold – particularly important if you live in a windy environment or one prone to poor weather conditions.
In planting the tree itself – make sure to cover roots with at least two inches of soil, and when adding mulch to the covered layer, a light coating will suffice – around two inches, again – anymore and you could damage the progress of the tree.
From this point onwards, it’s really just a case of keeping an eye on the progression of the Cypress tree and pruning when or if necessary throughout its life cycle.
The Cypress tree is one of the simpler and more effective methods of getting some much needed privacy in your garden – be sure to carry out a little background research before planting, and make sure the size and height of the mature tree will not be too much for your back yard.