7 Excellent Ideas for Backyard Privacy
Even if you are one of the lucky homeowners who has the greatest
neighbors in the world, sometimes you want a little privacy in your
own backyard. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to get that without
alienating the neighborhood or moving to the middle of nowhere.
Landscaping Ideas for Backyard Privacy
Want to get that privacy you crave without building a massive
brick wall between you and the neighbors? These backyard landscaping
tips can hide your property with style.
- Fast-growing hedges around your property can keep
out prying eyes. But you have to be willing to maintain the hedges
throughout the year, a job that can become quite significant if you
have a larger yard.
- Lattice placed along the side of a porch or along
the top of an existing fence can provide all the privacy you need,
especially if climbing vines are allowed to make their way to the
top of your lattice work. As an added bonus, the lattice still
allows breezes and sunlight to flow through the slats.
- Got a nosy neighbor with a perfect birds-eye view of
your backyard from their second story? End the snooping with a few
large trees. Maple or oak grow fast and strong, and their spreading
branches can provide a canopy of green privacy.
- If you want to block out sounds--the noise of
traffic, the chatter of your neighbors, and the like--soften the
landscape with the pleasant white noise a fountain can provide. The
more tiers and levels the water travels down, the more sound it
- A classic board fence can be a lovely addition to
your backyard, and can provide plenty of privacy. Soften the hard
edges with pretty details along the top of the fence, and plant
flowering shrubs around it. There might be local restrictions on
fence height, so check with local codes before you build it.
- A few well-placed trellises and vines running wild
can block the view into your property. Virginia creeper or simple
morning glory vines can quickly fill up a space and provide
beautiful visual interest instead of a backyard view.
- Staggered landscape
elements in your backyard can offer privacy and beauty to
neighbors on all sides. Plant tall trees that block the upper
views, while using medium-height shrubs in front to fill in the
gaps. Finish by planting low shrubs in front of those, and fill in
the gaps on the ground with flowering ground cover.
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