A screen of trees provides privacy.
Photo: Ken Druse
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At this suburban house near Madison, Wisconsin, a cluster of sugar maples provides privacy from neighbors more gently than any fence. But because a string of maples planted 40 feet apart might take 20 years to fill out, consider interspersing them with fast-growing poplars. With a lifespan of only 20 or so years, poplars can be removed as the maples mature. For year-round screening, evergreens spaced 12 feet apart will do the job.
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