I'm really hoping someone can help me out here since I really don't know a whole lot about landscaping and (to date) I'm not much of a green thumb. I'm trying to figure out a way to use trees or shrubs to create a border from our neighbors. The neighbors have a tendency to infringe on our property and I would like to create a noise and sight barrier from them as well. Thankfully we have quite a bit of room between our house and the line of houses along one property line, but they are crappy neighbors. After we got a survey done a few years back, they would move the survey stakes to make it look like they owned our property. Little did they know, we GPS'd the line at the time of the survey. Plus, you could look down the marker line and see that they moved the marking pole. They're not very smart. We have approached them about it and they lie and say they didn't do it. Last year we cemented the marker in. Anyways, this is only one house along that line. Others infringe as well, just not as blatantly. We would like to plant the entire line which is about a half mile long. I thought about a fence, but that would be expensive and not provide any noise or visual shielding. The property itself is wooded with a mix of wood including poplars (which flourish), oak, and some maples. So that gives you an idea of what grows well here. Something that grows fast would be ideal. I'm thinking a mixture of trees and some type of shrubbery would be great. Perhaps even a sprawling thorny bush of some sort, but I don't want to be the one planting that! Ouch! But, maybe when they're small it wouldn't be much of an issue. I'm hoping someone can make a recommendation on what kind of trees, shrubs, or combination would be a good solution to my problem. I'm thinking the best time to plant would be in the spring so that they could make a solid root before winter. If I figure something out, I'll need to get it ordered soon. I'm not a green thumb type of person. So, it'll have to be something that's maintenance free......plant it and forget it! Does anyone have any ideas for me??