Low hedges that act like a fence?
For my first posting here at the garden web, I have a challenge for y'all!
We just bought our first house, and our landscaping budget is limited. We are on a pond, however, with about a 20' property line, and have two small children whose toys and bodies need to be kept out of the pond.
I was thinking, instead of a fence, of planting some kind of low hedge or even just bushy, tree-ish things to set a border for the kids as well as (hopefully) prevent most stray balls and toys from going down the slope and into the pond.
I am a total non-gardener and don't want to have to do much weeding and very little maintenance, other than watering, of course, feeding from time to time if necessary, and trimming a couple of times a year.
I am also petrified of and allergic to bees and would prefer not to have anything that flowers.
We live 20 minutes inland from Myrtle Beach, and our soil is very sandy and clay-ish. The weather VERY rarely gets below freezing but can be 90 and humid for weeks on end.
We have a fantastic view of the pond from our living room windows and our patio that I don't want to obscure.
This will be the first step in our slow landscaping plans that involve mostly trees, hardscaping, and patios.
So what do you think I should plant?