Hedging

(Question)

We would like to plant a hedge for privacy in our backyard. We have an above ground pool and want the hedge along the back of our backyard. We would like the hedge to be 8-10 ft high. Although we like the look of Hicks Yew trees, we do not want any trees that berry. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!

(Answer)

You don’t state in your question the sun or shade conditions for your new hedge. This is an important consideration for the long term health of your hedge and worth spending some time investigating.

If you are interested in an evergreen hedge there are many varieties of yews and other evergreens that don’t have berries. You can check out the Toronto Master Gardener guide concerning evergreen hedges http://www.torontomastergardeners.ca/index.php/factsheet/evergreens-suitable-for-hedging-a-toronto-master-gardeners-guide/  to help you with this. An evergreen hedge around a pool has the advantage that in the fall the leaves won’t drop into your pool but if there is a large distance between your hedge and the pool,  deciduous shrubs are another option to consider.