Looking For Dense Hedge For Yard

Question From: J. Goudreau - CALIFORNIA
Q: I am looking for a hedge that will grow fairly fast, be very dense and get to 10 foot tall. I live in San Jose Ca (zone 9B).... I was thinking the English yew (Taxus Baccata) or the privet hedge (ligustrunce oval) I want the tight formal look, block out neighbors

A: Jim, I live in Michigan and am no familiar use of landscape plants in California. Things you need to consider are light, water access, soil type and drainage. Because this will be a bit of investment take photos of the area and visit independent garden centers and nurseries that sell landscape plants. Many have landscapers on staff that will advise you. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy