Neighbors Too Nosy? Try These Tips for Increasing Backyard Privacy
From nosy neighbors to unsightly views to noisy urban chatter, there are a number of different reasons why someone might want to increase their backyard privacy. And, with some creativity and a little free time, you can redefine your yard’s privacy so you can enjoy the space how and when you want to.
Looking for ideas? Here are five simple hacks that will transform your backyard and increase your privacy.
#1: Build an Overhead Pergola
If you live in a congested area with neighbors located beside and above you, you can create a cozy and personal space outside by fencing in your yard and building a pergola over your deck. Planting climbing vines will fill up the pergola completely in the summertime, thus keeping you out of the line of sight from all corners, as well as from above.
#2: Plant Burning Bush Along a Chain-Link Fence
Of all of the types of fences available, chain-link fencing is the most affordable. The problem? It also happens to be the least attractive. Luckily, there are ways you can improve your situation. Start planting Burning Bush, or some other type of climbing vine, at the base of the fence and in just a few years, you’ll have a beautiful living fence that nobody will be able to see through.
#3: Make a Screen From Salvaged Shutters
Sometimes, creating a private space for yourself in your backyard doesn’t require you tackling the entire yard. This idea, from New House New Home, uses old discarded wood window shutters. Once you collect enough of them, just sand away any chipping paint and give them a fresh coat in your color of choice. Then, connect them with door hinges. When installing the hinges, reverse the folding direction on every other door and you’ll have a privacy screen that can be folded up for easy storing.
#4: Need Privacy for an Urban Yard? Try Fencing Panels
Urban yards are small and sometimes they don’t even have grass. Still, simply installing some affordable wood fence panels around the perimeter will provide you with a comfortable spot for relaxing in privacy. And, with 8-ft wide panels costing just $65 per piece, it’s also an affordable undertaking for a small urban yard.
#5: Plant Bamboo
If you want to create a natural border but you don’t want to wait years for it to mature, just plant bamboo. Bamboo is one of the fastest-growing plants in the world. In fact, some species can grow as fast as three inches per hour! But, you don’t want to plant without a plan because bamboo has a unique rhizome-dependent system that causes it to be highly invasive.
To keep it growing only where you want it to grow, you will have to dig a 12-inch deep trench along both sides of the bamboo. The trench helps make it easier to see the rhizomes so you can prune them back to keep your bamboo border in-check and out of your neighbor’s yard. For more information about planting bamboo, The Handyman’s Daughter has a very good tutorial.
Creating a Truly Private Backyard
The above are just five simple options for creating more privacy in your yard, but they are not the only ones out there. In fact, you’re only limited by your imagination. Visit your local hardware retailer and find some inspiration there, or give one of the above five a try.
You can even mix and match options to create a truly one-of-a-kind backyard that you’ll look forward to visiting when you want to sit back and relax, without worrying about your pesky neighbors trying to see what you’re up to.