Living privacy screen with height restriction

Asked October 16, 2018, 12:02 PM EDT

My wife and I are looking for a plant/bush/tree that we can plant along our drainage ditch. The chosen plant would serve as a means of erosion control for the ditch, a privacy screen for our home, dust control caused by the dirt road, and overall aesthetics for our property. We are looking to cover roughly 300 feet or road frontage and there is a height restriction caused by overhead power lines (residential power not transmission lines). Previous owners of the property put Sumac trees along the road and after two years with them we've decided they aren't the right choice for us. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Hello There are many plants that you can use but first you must consider the culture of the area. Since sumac is living there, I assume that the area is sunny with well-drained soil which sumac like. However before you remove the sumac, I suggest you have the soil tested. Go to: https://www.canr.msu.edu/resources/soil_test_kit_self-mailer Plants that you can consider are: Junipers (Juniperus communism and horizontalis ); Lilac (Syringa vulgaris and meyerii ); Spirea (Spirea japonica); Northern bush honeysuckle (Diervilla lonicera); Forsythia (Lynwood Gold); Bush clover (Lespedesa capitata). You can also consider grasses: Big blue stem (Andropogon gerardii ); switch grass (Panicum virgatum); Little blue stem (Schizachyrium scoparius ). Consider choosing Michigan natives when you make your choice to attract pollinators: https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/native_plants Good luck with your choices.