Spring Garden Tips
Plant and Grow a Sound Barrier

Tired of hearing the drone of passing traffic? I have a beautiful and effective solution. Plant a sound barrier of shrubs, trees and evergreens.

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mgm_audio_542_sound_barrierPlants are effective at absorbing the high frequency sounds, the ones that are most annoying to our ears.

You’ll need two to three rows of shrubs and trees to be effective. Start with a row of shrubs roadside. Back it with tall trees. Mix in some evergreens for year round screening. Once the planting is dense enough to screen the view, it will also block much of the sound.

Use a mix of plants. This makes it easier to replace any plants that die along the way. Use ornamental grasses or fast growing trees and shrubs as temporary fillers. Remove these as the other plants reach maturity and start to crowd them out.

Plant your sound barrier on a berm for greater noise reduction. It will seem about one third as loud.

A bit more information: Always match the plant with the growing conditions. Consider using deciduous trees and shrubs with multi-seasonal interest. Look for those with flowers, fruit and fall color. Add in evergreens for a colorful year round backdrop and noise barrier.

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