Have your neighbours cleared some tree or made other changes to their garden only to allow for the unobstructed view of your yard? Naturally, you will want the place for yourself, i.e. be able to kick back in solitude and shake the feeling like you are in a fishbowl inside your own landscaped garden.
There are many ways to add more privacy to your garden. You will want to block wandering eyes, as well as shield the place from neighbouring views. The method you pick could have to do with plantings or creating a fence to serve the purpose of adding more privacy.
Here are few options to get you started:
- Privacy plantings – to start off, you can include property-line planting for a year-round screening of the place. When the available space is tight, you can go with fast-growing columnar evergreens. Arborvitae, Italian cypress or even sheared privet hedge are all simple enough solutions for separating yards and blocking the sight from the house. Planting a new privet hedge should be done with a trench two feet wide and deep. There should be at least 12 inches between individual shrubs. Then all you need to do is bring enough soil up to the trunk where branches emerge. Keep in mind, you will need to use the shears often enough to keep the privacy planting in an ok state.
- Layered planting – larger yards do well with a mix of evergreen and deciduous trees, perennials and shrubs, as these create a more naturalistic look. That is especially the case if you layer the plants and group them in odd numbers. One example is large evergreens in the background and then stepping down the height in the foreground with deciduous plants for more depth, colour and texture.
- Container garden for more deck privacy – certain plants can be used to screen a seating area/deck. Typical examples of suitable plants for this purpose include clumping bamboo and arborvitae. These plants in pots should be raised on casters or some lightweight material so that you can move them when need be.
- Fences and walls – if you wish to provide a visual buffer for a newly built patio or playground, then a board fence is perhaps the easiest way to do so. Fences are great for a side yard as well, since space is tight there. If you wish to be creative, you can add open lattice or even a baluster top to shake the bland look of a board fence.
- Stonewall with top fence – mounting a short picket or lattice fence on a stone wall is another option. The benefit is that this contraption disrupts sight lines from a distance, without feeling too claustrophobic. Just make sure you have a stable base.
These are all viable options to improve the privacy of your garden. These options are all such that they fantastically fit every landscape.