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Goldner Walsh: Hiding the Neighbors for Over 60 Years

By April 7, 2014 No Comments
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Emerald Green Arborvitae fortress (just add neighbors)

Without doubt, the neighbors are our best business. From the regular customer walking in off the street to our full blown design and landscape clients, their number one request is how to hide the neighbors. This in turn forces us to come up with more creative ways to do just that.

Katsura Japanese Maple performing it's duty with style.

Katsura Japanese Maple performing it’s duty with style.

We could just give you the typical “arborvitae fortress” however it has been done ad nauseam and just seems to look too remote. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes the fortress is needed and can be cool if done right. Ironically, if you go to a big box store arborvitae would seem to be the only plant recommended.

Check out the Japanese maple in the photo to the right, customer had a patio and really only wanted to block a view of the neighbor’s window. Mission accomplished, fortress avoided and community spirit intact. So ask yourself a couple questions: what time of year do I need to block the view and what is your angle of view? Another customer just hated looking at the neighbors while standing at the kitchen sink. The answer was a single ornamental tree which in turn the “neighbor” just loved. Kind of poetic.

So, before you put up the “Great Wall of West Bloomfield”, know there are many, many more choices, despite what the big box tells you. Come in and see us. We’ll get you steered right, however we have no plumbing or electrical supplies.

Alleghany viburnum, on hand and ready to thwart the neighbors.

Alleghany viburnum, on hand and ready to thwart the neighbors.