For most homeowners, getting along with the neighbours is relatively easy, and if you’re lucky enough to have a good relationship with yours then needing to borrow a cup of sugar shouldn’t be too much of a problem. But as much as we enjoy having a good rapport with our neighbours, we all enjoy a little privacy from time to time, but how can we achieve this without causing offence?
Or if you’re utterly fed up with your nosey neighbours, then you may enjoy our list of ways to make your garden more private and enjoyable all year round.
An excellent way to really block out your neighbours, and any passing people or traffic that may pass by your property. They also make a great security feature too. Privacy Trees from The Tree Center would be a great place to start. Privacy trees are usually a sought after commodity in large mansions, country estates and the grounds of castles.
Look at lattice
Do you feel a little claustrophobic at the thought of fencing your yard? Try lattice. It’s an ideal way to add privacy and enclosure without closing off your yard too much. Plus a simple lattice fence is perfect for showcasing climbing roses or your favorite vines. You may find that lattice panels are less expensive than building a traditional fence so you can save money to boot.
Use a hedge
Enjoy a wall of green by planting a hedge. Look for evergreen varieties to provide year-round screening or try types that lose their leaves in winter but make up for it by putting on a show with attractive flowers or a blaze of fall colour.
Big, bold container gardens are ideal for creating privacy, especially if you have a small space such as a deck or patio. Plus, you can find containers and plants to fit any landscape style. Large metal style ones, or more traditional terracotta pots and planters.
Plant a tree
A single tree can be an effective and inexpensive way to block a view. With hundreds of varieties to choose from, it also creates a stunning focal point in your garden. And also doubles up as a home for birds, somewhere to hang bird feeders and even hang outdoor Christmas lights!
Privacy extends beyond your sense of sight. Install a fountain, stream, or other water feature to muffle bothersome sounds. Or look for plants, such as quaking aspen and many types of ornamental grasses, that rustle in the breeze. These are ideal for not only creating privacy but it can also create a soothing, relaxing haven for you to enjoy.
Keep it simple
There’s no rule saying a fence has to run the length or perimeter of your yard. Put a panel or two just where you need it. It’s a great way to save money! You can paint these fences, surrounded them with beautiful shrubbery and finally sit back and relax in the privacy of your own back yard.