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rpelleschi
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 56 Spotsylvania, Va
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2005-11-19          119534


Gentlemen, its been awhile since I have been on the site or have had time to be on the site for that matter. I do remember it being a wealth of knowledge and very heplful. I purchased 32 acers in Va and have built a house and barn. I have 7 open acers in the back that I would like to plant a tree line on one side of to seperate it from the nieghbors. Its about 400 to 500 ft. I have been looking online to find some evergreens that grow fast and are dense enough. All are expensive and I don't want to waste time and money on someting that will not grow well, or be thick enough. Any ideas would be appreciated...
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2005-11-19          119538


Here in the pacific northwest Arbor Vitae (sp?) does well for tree lines. Fast growing and dense. Not sure if they will grow in your area though. ....

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Join Date: Jul 2003
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2005-11-19          119539


When you say "tree line", is you intention to totally block out the view of your neighbor or just a nice line of trees along the property border? What Ken suggested is a good idea to totally block out the view. You can now buy genetically modified Lob Lolly Pine trees which are reported to grow to maturity in about 10 years. ....

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2005-11-19          119544


Guys, Thanks for the input.I would like to have a "thick" tree line to obscure, if not totally block the view of the homes on the other side of the line. The homes are about a hundred yards away, across a field, but the view ruins the illusion that I am in the country. Growth in my part of Va is out of control, and developers are putting up homes all over.
I will focus on the Arba Vita I guess. I have seen some online, but want something that grows fast and thick. ....

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2005-11-19          119545


Depending on what your purpose is, there are options available to you. States in the Midwest have tree purchase programs allowing you to buy inexpensive trees to promote re-forestation and tree lines to reduce soil erosion. You may want to try your state conservation office or the DNR. Call and ask them. In fact, they may have a specialist in your area that can tell what will grow best and survive best based on your intended application.

I planted a tree lines last spring. A state conservation employee I contacted gave me great information trees for my area, soil type, what types to use and where to plant them for a long term windbreak. Basically, layers with a shrub line to make the initial wind break as they are short, yet strong and hardy. Followed by a line of hardy trees, then another line of fast growing trees like a Norway Spruce that give great protection, but can't handle the full brunt. But it works because each successive line of trees knocks the wind down for the line behind it.

I also bought the trees from the state. They were small, maybe 1-2 feet tall and bare root. But at less than $1 a tree, it was very affordable. Each state is different. I've bought trees now from Minnesota and Iowa with each state having a program. ....

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2005-11-19          119546


What part of VA are you in? I am originally from the Warrenton area. Development out of control? That doesn't even begin to describe it. More like total insanity. Land that sold for $200 an acre 40 years ago now sells for over $200,000 in some cases. If you don't want close neighbors, best to buy up as much land around you as you can afford. Not only is it a great investment; privacy and peace of mind is priceless. ....

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2005-11-19          119547


Chief, that was my plan. Buy enough land to keep people from climbing all over me. I am pretty happy with the property, but would like to get that one barrier established. I live near Fredericksburg, Thornburg to be exact, in Spotsylvania county. Spotsy has replaced Fairfax and Louden as the fastest growing county in Va. The land I purchased 3 years ago has tripled in value.
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2005-11-20          119566


Guys, once I get the trees planted I would like to fence off that 7 acres. I have been to the TSC website a few times pricing it out. I looks like it would cost me a little over $5k for the heavy mesh on wood posts every 20' with steel in between. I wanted something that would hold my dogs in. The question is what type of fence? What type of poles? Or would it be best to hire someone to do it. I am sure I can use the buddy system to get it done, but I have learned through building the house and the barn that its sometimes much better to pay the experts. Any suggestions? ....

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2005-11-20          119568


In the past I've hired a couple different fence building firms and both did me a good job and the cost was'nt out of line. Both bought their materials by the semi load direct from the producer thus saving the retail markup. Another nice feature was that you had no half rolls of wire, etc. leftover to deal with and have money tied up in. Take a little time to check them out first, I'm sure there are dishonest operators in that business just as in any other business. Best of luck. Frank. ....

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