Tree recommendations for my site please.
Hi, I'm new here. I'm an expat living in the SW of France who is I'm looking for some advice please.
I had an empty plot of land next to my property but now it's been sold and the builders have arrive!! ahhh!!
They have permission to build a semi-detached two storey house right along side my perimeter hedge, bang in the middle of the plot which will over look my, before now, lovely secluded garden. My hedge is only 2 m high and cannot be left to grow higher due to local bylaws. Thus the problem!
So after watching GW and Monty's lovely 'long walk' with his lime trees and box hedging, I thought to myself..just the ticket! If I were to plant some sort of tree screening to make a walk between my hedge and garden that would work well and provide a nice feature to the garden.
Only problem is, there is a rainwater runoff pipe laid in the ground just along the hedge on my side, so I'll have to make the walk quite wide to avoid any potential root damage to the pipe from the new trees.
So the point or question at hand. Can anyone please recommend a tree that has limited root damage potential, that would act as a screen with a height of up to say 5 or 6 metres max.and could be either pruned to shape or pollarded like Monty's limes. To add to the search, I have a clay acid soil that gets pretty soggy in winter but dry in summer. (no loam or free draining I'm afraid).
Any suggestions most welcome, fruit trees included.
Love, peace and gardening,
All the best,