Advise for shrubs to block dogs

malanga(z5 IL)March 14, 2012

Hello folks. I am in need of some advise. I wish to add a line of shrubs between my western border and my neighbor's eastern borner. He has three pit bulls which bark ans snarl at anything that comes near them. There is a wire fence already there, but I would like to add a privacy hedge to block the view, and also to keep my 20 month old son from being tempted to stick his fingers through the fence. Now, the main problem I have is that there are already some old Rose of Sharon planted along that side of our yard many years ago. they stand about 8-9 feet high and my wife loves them. I am concerned about the shade from the Rose of Sharon preventing a hedge from growing well. Is there something I can plant under them along the edge of the fence? Thank you so much!

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jcalhoun(8b Mobile County AL)

Hollies will grow thick and prune well. Lots of different hollies to choose from.

    Bookmark   March 14, 2012 at 11:27PM
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malanga(z5 IL)

Hollies huh? Yes, I heard the American holly grows well in my zone. Perhaps I'll give that a try.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2012 at 10:16AM
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gardener365(5b Illinois USA)

I don't know if I'd go for sharp with a young kid. That kid of yours will be bleeding from head to toe if he gets anywhere near them.

Boxwoods will work albeit slow-growing. Just start with large plants if you can afford them.

Dax

    Bookmark   March 23, 2012 at 7:31AM
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