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Leyland Cypress and Bambo – Fast Growing Border Options for North Carolina Yards

Have you even been home hunting and ignore a home because the adjacent homes are in clear view? Or perhaps you find a home that has everything you like but you step onto the back deck and see the neighbors waving? There are some low cost, fast growing solutions for adding a little separation between you and those living around you.

Now, I’m not trying to sound unsociable, but sometimes you just want a little “me time” and that doesn’t include the neighbors. And let’s face it, some of us have at least one neighbor we don’t care to see at all. So what to do? Fences can be expensive and detract from an otherwise beautiful yard. Border trees can sometimes take a decade or more before they provide any real privacy. Let me introduce you to a few options that grow well in North Carolina and are hardy through even the harshest winters for our climate.

Leyland Cypress border fenceA popular option is the Leyland Cypress. These attractive, fast growing evergreen trees provide year-round privacy. They grow several feet per year and can be shaped and pruned. Planting 4 to 6 feet apart, they will grow together much like a hedge. They are very hardy in even poor soil types. I have found them quite effective.A few years lagter

Another option, more compatible with larger properties is bamboo. Bamboo works well as a natural border where sound dampening is required and is one of the fastest growing plants; it grows well in North Carolina – sometimes beyond the expectation of the homeowner. It is important to note that once planted, it is not easily eradicated, so it is only recommended as a permanent divider. It is also important to maintain it from encroaching into your neighbor’s yard.

So the next time you are house hunting, envision the possibilities of increased privacy on the property before you reject it. As with any changes to landscaping, always consult local zoning and home owners association regulations.


781 Evans Rd. Hendersonville, NC 28739 MLS 481497

781 Evans RoadSHERMAN’S RETREAT-PERFECT MTN. GETAWAY! Conveniently located  and bordered by Kanuga Conference property.  Rustic stone fireplace with vaulted ceiling. Great for primary home, vacation home or investment property.  Basement area finished at 314 square feet including updated bathroom, but not counted due to ceiling height of 6’6”.  Perfect for guest quarters.



2 Bedrooms
2 Bathrooms
1 Unit
Interior: 934 sq. ft.
Lot: 0.89 acre(s)

Why Western North Carolina?

I have lived in Hendersonville, NC all my life. Meeting people that have relocated here from all over the world has taught me that Hendersonville, North Carolina is the best place to live! Many professionals who have lived abroad have told me that Hendersonville, by far, has been the place they love the most.

Charleston is only 3.5 hours away if you want to satisfy your need for sand and surf.  Boone, North Carolina is only 2 hours away for a great mountain ski getaway. The Biltmore House with it’s grand architecture, expansive lawns and lovely flower gardens draws hundreds of thousands of visitors annually.

Asheville has been voted Beer City USA 3 years in a row due to it’s active craft brew culture. There are about a dozen breweries to choose from within a 30-45 minute drive.  Tours are available at most of them and the atmosphere is casual.  Hendersonville is proud to have it’s own Southern Appalachian Brewery which opened recently.

All of these surrounding areas are wonderful places to visit, but living in Hendersonville, is “Better every day in every way!” Many enjoy evening strolls down Main Street, meeting up with friends. There is fine, yet casual dining, art galleries and now the Flat Rock Playhouse has opened a venue right on Main Street.  We have a strong Chamber of Commerce sponsoring many annual events such as The NC Apple Festival, Garden Jubilee and Music on Main Street, just to name a few.

If you are an avid golfer, I don’t have to tell you that we have some excellent golf courses.  We boast the private award winning Tom Fazio course at Champion Hills, Hendersonville Country Club, and the Joe Lee designed course at Kenmure in Flat Rock.  Public golf courses include Cummings Cove, Etowah Valley, Highland Lake, and Crooked Creek.  Many more great courses are withing an hour drive.

If you can visualize yourself loving this area as much as I do, give me a call. I’d love to find your dream home here in the mountains.

49 Justin Dr. Etowah, North Carolina 28729 Near Golf Course MLS 486269

49 Justin Drive Etowah, NCEnjoy Golf at nearby Etowah Valley Country Club.   Sloped .68 acre +/- lot with nice front porch with mature trees and stream along property. 2 Bedrooms with 2 bonus rooms and 3 baths. Beautiful hardwood floors, eat-in kitchen with formal dining room.


101 Forest Drive. Hendersonville, NC 28791 MLS 479407

 101 Forest Drive, Hendersonville, NC 28791.  Listed below tax value.  3 Bedroom, 2 bath with full unfinished basement and 2 garages, one on main level and one on lower level. Nice neighborhood with no thru traffic.  Approximately 2.5 miles from Downtown Hendersonville and approximately 10 miles to Asheville Regional Airport.

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