Plant trees as privacy screens in the garden

Plant trees as privacy screens in the garden

Maintain distances for legal and practical reasons

The planting of vigorous tree varieties undoubtedly requires much more thoughtful planning than the design of a flower bed or a low shrub hedge. After all, trees can quickly reach sizes and heights that can make changes and maintenance measures very time-consuming or expensive. So ask yourself in advance how close you can and should move the trees to be planted to the property line. After all, not only the height of the trees, but also the shadows that are caused can become a problem for neighbors over the years. In addition, it is not uncommon for trees that have shot up in the air to be laboriously removed after several years in order not to represent a sword of Damocles for your own roof structure in the event of a squall.

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Choosing the right type of tree

When looking for the right type of tree as a privacy screen, the question to be answered is whether the desired screen should and must also be provided in winter. Trees such as maple, beech, willow and poplar lose their leaves as deciduous trees in winter, so that only the trunk and branches can provide a certain amount of privacy. The situation is different with pines, spruces and firs, which as conifers can provide the desired privacy protection in the garden almost unchanged even in winter. However, other factors such as the usual habitus of the respective tree species also have to be considered. Poplars are generally considered to grow very quickly, but remain relatively narrow in their growth. In the case of poplars as privacy screens, relatively dense planting in the form of a hedge would therefore be necessary.A maple tree forms a wider treetop, but it hardly branches in the lower trunk area. If the green privacy screen is to form a green wall right down to the ground, it is more advisable to plant spruce trees. With increasing age, however, these must no longer be cut out in the lower area, as it is then very difficult for them to form new branches at the base.

Rapid growth is possible with trees

Trees are often used as a high level of privacy protection, not least because they are usually comparatively inexpensive and sometimes create astonishing growth of several meters per year. If the site conditions are right, the following tree species, among others, grow particularly quickly and reliably:

  • maple
  • Ash
  • Spruce
  • beech
  • pasture
  • poplar

Caution pruning: professional tree care creates security

In particularly exposed locations and with certain types of trees, an improperly performed pruning can sometimes destabilize the treetop against attacking gusts of wind. Therefore, the pruning of particularly stately specimens should be done by a professional arborist, especially if the trees are on busy roads or next to buildings.


Trees can not only act as a particularly high hedge on the property line, but also define or block certain visual axes in the garden in the solitary planting. A cleverly positioned tree with a stately crown can also screen views from high neighboring balconies onto a terrace or lawn.