Three Drought-Resistant Trees For Your Property Line

6 July 2015
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If you've been holding out on planting trees along your property line because you fear your soil is too dry, it's time to change that. By choosing trees that are tolerant of droughts, you can create a natural barrier between your property and that of your neighbor. These three drought-resistant trees are great for planting along property lines, thanks to their upright shapes and quick growth.

Leyland Cypress

These very tall, upright trees shoot up in height rather quickly, achieving three or more feet of growth per year. They are quite narrow, so you'll want to place them pretty close together when planting. Six to eight feet between trees should be sufficient. Their foliage is dense, but soft. You'll want to have them pruned regularly, especially during their first few years of growth, to ensure they all achieve uniform shapes.

Leyland cypress trees need to be planted carefully. Burying them deeper than they were originally planted can lead to stem rot and death. Fertilizing the tree two or three times per year when it is young will help it establish a strong root system, so it can obtain water even in times of drought.

Lombardy Poplar

Growing about six feet per year, Lombary poplars grow in any soil type. They also have a tall, columnar shape, and their dense foliage makes them a great windscreen when planted close together. Lombardy poplars reach their final height of 40 – 60 feet within about 10 years. Their upward-facing branches add interest to any landscape and require little pruning to maintain.

One secret to success when planting Lombary poplars is to make sure you mulch around the young trees. This will keep soil moist and will also slowly add nutrients to the soil.

Japanese Cedar

Sometimes known as Cyrptomeria Radicans, this tree is a little wider and bushier than the others on this list. Their fluffy, long-needled branches add a lush look to your landscape. Japanese cedar trees do require some maintenance. Their foliage fills in quickly, so you'll want to have them pruned regularly throughout all seasons except for winter.

Though Japanese cedars are drought-tolerant, they do require nutrient-dense soils. Consider working some compost or aged manure into your soil before planting the trees. If your soil is nutrient-poor, fertilizing the tree several times per season when it is young will help keep it strong.

All three of these tree varieties have upright shapes that make them ideal for property lines. They will survive even if rainfall is scarce for a while. Talk to your landscape expert to determine which is the best choice for your property. To find out more, speak with a business like Northwest Residential Arborist And Excavating.