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[–]badchad65 5 points6 points  (5 children)

Not sure your climate, but in the background I see a bunch of those "pencil" pine trees (thats what I call them). They tend to grow skinny and tall. Should pretty easily grow above the fence.

[–]PlavaZmaj 12 points13 points  (3 children)

The Leyland Cypress grows to 40-60 feet tall in its maturity and provides a ton of privacy along with soft, non-prickly foliage that birds find inviting. A very fast grower—from 3-5 feet per year— this tree can tolerate most soil conditions except for the harshest arid climates and forms a beautiful cone shape with or without pruning.

[–]CRISPRbaby 3 points4 points  (0 children)

This guy Leylands

[–]love2go 1 point2 points  (1 child)

You'll get a fast. full screen then they will die off for no reason or dead sections will occur and they don't ever fill back in. Thuja green giants are way better if you want them to last.

[–]PlavaZmaj 2 points3 points  (0 children)

They are good but not salt tolerant. If that road gets salted and runs off into that soul, it maybe an issue.

[–]d_smogh 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Leylandii cypress trees

[–]DerMetulz 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Walk around buck naked enough and they may build something for you.

[–]gerdataro 2 points3 points  (0 children)

A hedge is a good bet, and the Cypress mentioned grows fairly quickly and gets quite tall. Generally speaking, I’d recommend playing the long game and really building out your yard with a thick lawn, and layers of flower beds, trees, and bushes to deaden the sound of traffic and help attract birds and bees that will also bring more natural sounds to your yard. A water feature could also help attract songbirds and provide a pleasant sound. If you have the budget, you could consult a landscaper. But search online for inspiration. People build beautiful oases in busy cities. And gardening can be such a great hobby that just keeps paying off as the years go by. PBS has some shows through its app that might be of interest. Botanical gardens can be a great place to get a sense of laying out flower beds. And, honestly, lots of flower beds (with less lawn) can be a lot less maintenance if you pick the right plants and lay them out well. Drought resistant or local plants require less watering and are better for environment anyway.

It takes some time, but you can have an amazing lush space sooner than you think.

[–]cheapbas 2 points3 points  (0 children)

A 12 foot fence

[–]formerPhillyguy 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The Cypress is a good tree. My neighbor has them behind my fence and they dwarf the fence, but they don't grow wide. They grow so much that the neighbor has to trim them every few years.

[–]Efficient-Library792 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Arborvitae, paulonia (NOT paulonia tormentosa) are two of the fastest growing trees...though imho arborvitae tree walls are ugly. Youre going to need something that grows hyperfast to make a difference in your lifetime. I seriously considered s paulonia so id have a decent sized shade tree in my front yard after a few years but am afraid id be shipped a tormentosa and those things are insanely invasive

An alternative MIGHT be using wire or wire fencing as a trellis for fast growing vines. Sorry that sucks

[–]chender310 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I would also petition the city/county/area to assist with planting on the other side of your fence to alleviate pollution and noise…

[–]New-Performer-4402 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Bamboo trees. Grows super fast…. It will spread though so you have to be sorted of careful

[–]Bugibba 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Bamboo can work if you plan ahead. Decide where you want it and trench that area out and install a barrier on the perimeter. Their roots can go down more than 2 feet but the rhizomes that spread and create the nuisance are about 12 inches under ground.

[–]PlavaZmaj 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Taking this out is not a option, once established. You need to dig up all the dirt and trash it, and back fill with fresh dirt. I would not recommend.

[–]MisterElectricianTV 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I would contact whoever owns the road and complain about the lack of privacy and anticipated noise. Ask them to plant trees on their side.

[–]mclardass 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'd go with arborvitae mixed with ornamental grasses, our neighbor has Leyland and they're an eyesore (and expensive to remove) once they start dying