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Sunday - May 01, 2011

From: Woodstock, IL
Region: Midwest
Topic: Privacy Screening, Shrubs, Trees
Title: Hedgerow to block sounds and scenes of traffic
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

What would make the best year round hedgerow to block the sight and sounds of traffic 60 feet from my house?

ANSWER:

For the best year round hedgerow to block the sights and sound of traffic, I think you would want a dense evergreen.   The best native possibilities for McHenry County of Illinois are:

Here are photos from our Image Gallery of the above plants:


Juniperus virginiana


Thuja occidentalis


Juniperus communis

 

 

 

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