My neighbor took down my natural privacy fence

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  1. runner1212

    runner1212 New Seed

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    My neighbor took out his chainsaw and destroyed my natural privacy fence :(.Would someone send me some sunflower seeds sase/beep so I can restore it? Or propose a better idea?
     
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    Well that wasn't very nice! Why would he do that? I'm sorry for you. But look at it as an oppertunity to rebuild, so to speak. I'm sorry I don't have any seeds for you but if I did...I would share. I'm sure there'll be someone out there who can help you out though.
     
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    I'm sorry that happened, was it on his property or possibly blocking a view to get out of a driveway or something like that? Otherwise...there's no excuse for that, and at least they could have talked to you about it if they had a problem! Maybe you could move it in a bit so it's farther away from their property and still get the privacy.
     
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    No on our side,and knowing not to ask me got him his ok.I guess he's not happy that the view from their side's cut off,but that's not my concern.I guess he's in for a surprise when the sunflowers grow.Anyone know how fast they grow.Moving it inwards is a good idea thank you
     



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    toni Mistress of Garden Junque Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    My first thought was barbed wire and Prickly Pear Cactus.

    Sunflowers take 2.5 to 3 months to reach blooming age if they are growing in the summer heat, where you are might take a bit longer. Then you would only have a screen for another month to 6 weeks before the plants die.

    How about a 'fence' made from posts sunk into the ground, run wire securely between the posts (might take more than two posts depending on how long the fence needs to be) and plant a Campsis radicans (Trumpet Creeper, Trumpet Vine), Lonicera sempervirens (Trumpet Honeysuckle, Coral Honeysuckle) or Bignonia capreolata (Crossvine, Dragon Lady Crossvine) on it. You have your screen and the neighbor will still be able to see whatever it is that is so important for them to see. The vines are evergreen so they will provide a screen year round and they attract Hummingbirds and Butterflies.
     
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    stratsmom Flower Fanatic

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    I was thinking Silver Lace vine or Virginia Creeper. Both of those grow very fast out here! I'm kinda in the same spot you are :rolleyes: We have an ancient row of Arborvitae or some kind of evergreen that separates us from the cul-d-sac, I love the privacy it provides! Well 2 summers ago we had it trimmed :'( It still looks like crap :-? I knew it would take a while to green back up but 2 years???? :eek: I was thinking last night about planting forsythias or lilacs right behind it so if we do have to cut it all down I'll have a replacement right behind it :-o

    Deanna
     
  7. runner1212

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    thanks to everyone who replied,I have to consider something that won't attract large amounts of bees.My neighbors got kids over frequently and I don't need them getting stung.I wonder that would a row sunflowers or lilacs attract too many bees?
     
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    UNKIND NEIGHBORS

    I TYPE LG CAPS DUE TO BAD EYESIGHT, SO IM NOT SHOUTING. MY NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR TOOK DOWN SEVERAL BEAUTIFUL TRUMPET VINES IN MY BACKYARD. I WAS SO UPSET. I COULD SEE INTO HER YARD AND SO I WENT TO LOWES AND BOUGHT 4 NEW YELLOW FORSYTHIA BUSHES AND PLANTED THEM ALONG THE FENCELINE.THAT SHRUB GROWS VERY FAST AND MAKES A LOVELY DENSE HEDGE. KEEPING FORSYTHIA PRUNED IS THE MAIN ISSUE WITH IT OR IT GETS TO BE HUGE.
     
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    The sunflowers are a major bee magnent. They offer oodles of pollen to the bees, BUT that should not make you worry over the neighbors (or anyone elses) children. Unless the child is intentionally provoking a bee, the last thing they do is sting. Sunflowers are not short enough to step on the bees. You can't control where the bees forage. So don't worry over them. Teach the children to respect the little workers by keeping their eyes on where they step (as we had to as children) and that that is where the honey we eat comes from. Each bee in it's lifetime makes 1/2 teaspoon of honey :eek: and their life span is about 6 weeks during the summer. Longer the rest of the time. They actually wear out their wings flying before they die.
     
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    When I see big sunflowers in peoples yards its kind of mesmerizing,I never have grown them,maybe i will do them next year,but the Yellow Forsythia Bushes sound good if they aren't too expensive,or Lilacs?
     
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    I guess I have to ask the question, what did the natural screening consist of. What plants or trees or bushes were involved? That might give some sort of a clue as to what to use for replacement.
    dr
     
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    Question... if the neighbor already cut something down... and if it was natural... all these plants are natural. Will said neighbor stop from cutting down again???
    I would just build a fence/wall and then do my planting!
     
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    If they were on your property, why did he cut it down? I would be putting up the tallest wooden fence code allowed.
     
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    I appreciate everyones responses.My neighbor is a person that thinks hes operating a home museum on his lawn.My long line a raggy looking plants obscured the line of sight and his way of thanking me was coming and cutting it all down leaving behind truckloads of dead shrubbery.Im putting in glass thats so that we can see out but not vice versa.As far as the mess he left is concerned,he better get it up before termites end up in it.Believe me thats going to happen before I touch it.The stuff he cut down so he can adore himself is now a threat to his home,and I hope hes smart enough to understand that.
     
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    I came unglued when my brother accidentally mowed down one of my plants. If my neighbor or anyone else purposely destroyed any of my plants.... the police and the lawyers would be called. That's destruction of private property. Not to mention a crime against mother nature.
    :scheming:
     
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