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coastalzonepush
Orlando, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 22, 2012
7:33 AM

Post #9092654

hello. i have two large ugly ac units and i'd like to find a way to disguise them. are there any technical problems i need to think about before planting anything around them?

Doug9345
Durhamville, NY
(Zone 5b)

April 22, 2012
8:02 AM

Post #9092670

You can't block the airflow to them.
coastalzonepush
Orlando, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 22, 2012
8:30 AM

Post #9092705

so it would be a good idea to keep most of it exposed? the air is pulled through the sides right...i don't really know how they work
Doug9345
Durhamville, NY
(Zone 5b)

April 22, 2012
4:34 PM

Post #9093288

As far as I know yes. I don't see a problem with something growing a couple of feet from them as long as it isn't something like a solid bed. I wouldn't let vines grow on the though.
Delightful_Dawn
Altus, OK
(Zone 7a)

April 23, 2012
4:29 AM

Post #9093847

Check this out: http://judyweightman.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/1-and-5-air-conditioner.pdf


Dawn
yardener
Greenfield, OH
(Zone 6a)

April 23, 2012
5:35 AM

Post #9093916

You'll want to keep plants away a minimum of 2 feet. You could build a small fence with spacing between the slats to allow air flow. You'll also want to maintain distance for maintenance.

june_nmexico

june_nmexico
Albuquerque, NM
(Zone 7a)

April 23, 2012
9:54 AM

Post #9094401

You might also consider a lattice type enclosure, set far enough from the
unit to not affect air flow. Using any kind of growing plant opens the possibility for
trouble down the road when the plants get large.


coastalzonepush
Orlando, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 24, 2012
2:00 PM

Post #9096152

thank you all for your helpful responses! Dawn, that link is fantastic, i need to read through it again.
i was thinking maybe Florida uses special units because they have them in completely open southern exposures. hmm. i will let you all know my decision for feedback.
1_Lucky_Texan
Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 25, 2012
7:29 AM

Post #9097101

as for what type of a plant or vine to grow near a unit, something deciduous could work slightly better if you have a heat pump. That way, sun is shaded from the unit in summer, but allowed thru in winter. (of course, much depends on actual placement of the unit in regards to the south or west)

Englemann's Ivy (Virginia Creeper, Woodbine) I believe loses it's leave in winter.

This message was edited Apr 25, 2012 8:56 AM
Bubba_MoCity
Missouri City, TX

April 25, 2012
1:08 PM

Post #9097482

I had boxwoods at a previous house, but had to prune at least annually to allow access. Have nothing at this house due to hose bib access and serviceability.
1_Lucky_Texan
Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 26, 2012
6:22 AM

Post #9098358

I have considered extending my fence such that our unit would be in my 'backyard' where the dog is. Could probably position the end panel to shade the unit. Help protect it from copper thieves as well.

Dunno if it violates zoning or other rules - some folks may need to check with their HOA or local code enforcement.

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