By Nancy Penrose


I have owned Big Trees Inc for 25 years. In that time, one of the most popular types of trees we have provided homeowners are privacy trees. The addition of privacy trees, or hedges, may be the smartest gardening decision you can make. Not only do they fill out an empty space nicely, but they also offer some other remarkable benefits. These six reasons may convince you.

Enhancing Privacy

While many people relish using their outdoor spaces for socializing or unwinding, the inevitable compromise often involves sacrificing privacy. It’s hard to fully enjoy oneself when there’s a constant concern about prying neighbors or becoming the focal point of attention with every passing car.

Privacy hedges or trees offer a simple solution to prevent unwanted views into your yard while maintaining a natural aesthetic. Functionality akin to walls, they establish outdoor enclosures where you can comfortably unwind. With lush greenery surrounding your yard, deck or patio, you can truly revel in a secluded atmosphere.

Concealing Unattractive Views

Privacy trees excel at concealing unappealing sights beyond your property lines.

Diminishing Noise Disturbance

Dense foliage serves as a natural method of dampening outdoor noise, fostering a quieter ambiance in your backyard. It can significantly reduce external disturbances, allowing for more peaceful relaxation. Additionally, these trees or hedges can also mitigate the transmission of sound from your property, safeguarding your private conversations or minimizing disruptions to your neighbors during late-night gatherings.

Enhancing Property Curb Appeal

The outward appearance of your home holds significant importance, influencing initial impressions that are hard to alter. Elevating curb appeal yields several advantageous outcomes:

  • Boosts property value
  • Enhances resale potential
  • Leaves a lasting impression on visitors
  • Fosters a sense of pride in homeownership

Privacy trees or hedges serve as an aesthetically pleasing means of framing focal points, such as entrances or garages, enhancing the overall visual appeal of your yard. Well-maintained shrubbery imparts a sense of cleanliness and orderliness, contributing to greater overall visual interest.

Providing Wind Protection

Tall privacy trees or hedges effectively absorb gusts of wind, providing a barrier against strong breezes. This alleviates the inconvenience of windy conditions, making outdoor gatherings more enjoyable and reducing the risk of items being blown around.

Offering Shade

Towering privacy trees or hedges can intercept sunlight, casting shade over your patio or porch and creating a cooler environment for relaxation. Whether you have a swimming pool or outdoor dining area, the presence of shade encourages more utilization of these spaces.

Moreover, strategically positioned hedges may also obstruct UV rays from penetrating windows, reducing heat ingress into your home. Consequently, your reliance on air conditioning is diminished, potentially resulting in energy savings.

If you want to check out your options for privacy trees for your property, call us at 360-563-2700 or visit us at Big Tree Supply, 10928 Springhetti Rd., Snohomish, WA 98296.

Nancy Penrose is the owner of Big Trees Inc., located in Snohomish, WA in the Seattle area. The company is one of the largest tree nurseries in the Seattle area with over 120,000 trees available in over 300 varieties. They not only deliver young trees, but also mature trees in a wide range of sizes. Some types of trees available include spring flowering, deciduous, evergreen, and privacy trees. The company also does tree transplanting including large trees. Their blog can be seen at or They can be reached at 360-563-2700.

Big Trees Inc.
10928 Springhetti Rd
Snohomish, WA 98296


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