Posted: 20/04/2013 at 17:04
How high is the fence and is it yours or theirs to maintain? If it's yours, the kids may be damaging it hne they climb on it and that could get expensive for repairs. Is there a local advice service that can help with handling neighbour problems?
As for hedges, I would suggest yew which is evergreen and can be hard pruned if necessary. It's foliage is toxic to animals which eat greenery such as cattle, horses, pigs, goats but it's OK in ornamental gardens with dogs and cats. Another choice would be privet which, like yew, has green or yellow forms. You could also try photinia Red Robin whose new shoots are red and which keep appearing when you trim the hedge so a good feature.
You could also be naughty and plant pyracantha which is evergreen and wildlife friendly as it has spring blossom for nectar and autumn fruits for birds. It has thorns which might dter the obnoxious kids from hanging on the fence.
All hedges need good soil preparation so the new plants can establish quickly and grow well. The best time to plant is autumn when the soil is still warm and the roots can grow without being stressed by having to nourish foliage and growth above ground. All hedges benefit frorm a spring top dressing of general fertiliser and regular trims to keep them thick and neat.
Good luck whatever your choice.