Ok, I live on a small horse farm in Missouri. I have pasture that goes up to the front of my property. I planted white pines on the outside of my fence line and they are doing pretty well overall. What I didn't realize is that they tend to be pretty susceptible to disease. They were planted to give me privacy from the busy road out front.
So, I've been considering putting something on the inside of the fence as a "Plan B" so that if the White Pines start to die that I am not left with these gaping holes.
I need help in selecting the right type of replacement privacy screen.
I have a water line that goes horizontally across the entire width of my property, so I need something that won't grow crazy roots like poplar trees.
Some other things to consider:
1. Good soil drainage
2. Provide privacy screen 6' or higher
3. Full Sun
4. Non-toxic to horses
5. Drought and disease resistant
6. Low maintenance
7. Fast or semi-fast growing
8. This may be difficult to predict, but one can try... not tasty to horses.
Some shrubs I have been looking at are
1. Hybrid Willows (they look like they might be tasty to the horses though)
2. Pink Honeysuckle (neighbor said they attract bees, is that true for all honey suckle varieties)?
3. Bridle white spirea
4. Purple Lilac (my favorite really, but again think they might be tasty to the horses)
I am really open to suggestions. I don't have a super green thumb, but am always willing to try something new.
Thanks for any help or suggestions.