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Melinda's Garden Moment: Claiming your space

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 MADISON (WKOW) -- Fences may make for good neighbors, but landscape plants are an attractive way to create privacy and screen bad view.

A strategically-placed Homestead Ohio Buckeye can screen the view of nearby houses. As it grows, the canopy will mask the neighboring homes' rooftops that now can be seen when looking out the windows of the house into the backyard.  The tree will provide winter interest, fall color, and shade the children as they enjoy the playset.

Buckthron, mulberry, and Norway maple seeded in and covered the transformer. A mixed garden screened the utilities, while opening the view to the woods behind.  A twisted Swiss stone pine provides year-round screening and shelter for the birds.  A variety of deciduous shrubs add spring flowers, fruit for the birds, and fall color.  The perennials finish off the garden with added seasonal interest.

The invasive plants were removed, so they no longer spread into nearby woods.

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