Crying in Winnipeg

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  1. wodmom

    wodmom Member

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    HELP!! My husband cut down the 50 year old elm in our backyard and now we have a toxic amount of sun and no privacy with our back lane neighbours. I am looking to plant a tree (possible two) along our back fence that will grow reasonably fast, with deep roots and a nice canopy. We live in Winnipeg (zone 3a). What would be the best planting time? Would now be too late in the summer?
     
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    A Maple maybe they don't grow to fast though, but provide great shade.
     
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    plant green ash , really fast grower in mb. good canopy , no bugs(that i know of) . maple trees attract wasps(yellow jackets) .
     
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    I'm crying cause I live in Winnipeg lol. I do not know if you planted any trees or not because this is a post from last year. All my neighbours are planting those cedars that grow tall for privacy. One neighbour planted a row of them and it actually looks like a fence. They are getting bigger now and look so nice that I may plant some next year so that I will have privacy from my other neighbors. The nice thing is that there are no leaves, hence no raking.
     
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    Poplars are a very fast growing shade tree, but they are prone to rot, and which makes them unpredictable in storms.
    You could try another Elm.
    Manitoba maple could be a good one. Fast grower. Watch for seedlings, though - it's a weed!

    slatcedar: I see your point about the ash borer, but we have TONS of ash in Winnipeg, and I have not heard of a problem, so I would not discourage planting ash, although it's not that fast growing.
     
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    Have you considered planting your husband in the same spot? Is he big enought to provide an adequate amount of shade & privacy?
     
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    togata57 Contributor 10 Years

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    Too much sunlight would shine through holes in head.

    Might make good fertilizer, though.
     
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    I agree Lysichiton! And we're all going to make good fertilizer some day or compost lol. After thinking about all of this, why not plant a fruit tree? Apple? Plum? Or how about planting something unique? Apparently, you can grow Walnut trees out here. A friend of mine brought back a shoot from Kelowna quite a few years ago and gave it away to a friend. Unfortunately, the friend neglected it and it died. It's on my list to grow one day. Thanks for the chuckle!
     
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    Laurel leaf willow will work good for quick shade and privacy. Pretty tree as well...
     
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    Hey, my family lives in Squamish! Now I am really Crying in Winnipeg: I miss them. Squamish is so beautiful.
     

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