Friday, 26 December 2014

Ways to Increase Privacy in your Backyard

Your backyards can provide an oasis at the end of the day or after the work week. But if the neighbors tower above you, or the dog next door continually eyes your kids like they're his next meal, spending time in your yard is hardly relaxing. However, you can create privacy in your backyard. Below are some ideas for increasing backyard privacy that can make your life a whole lot better.

Go for a Board Fence

Well, a wooden board fence might be pretty common, but that does not take away from its utility. Install one as shown in the image above, and paint it white or any other color that you fancy. This is ideal when you need a quick solution, or if you think you wouldn't have the time to maintain a hedge. You can choose one in a desired height, but check with local building codes for any restrictions regarding the maximum height of fences you can install. However, these fences can have a drawback—they are not very aesthetic to look at. Use beautiful creepers and vines to add color and beauty to the stark look of the fence.

Installing a Lattice Fence

If you have a relatively small backyard, then installing a board fence can make your backyard appear smaller, and you can end up feeling claustrophobic. In that case, a lattice fence can come to your rescue. As shown in the image above, a lattice fence is a wooden fence with crisscross patterns on it. Just install the fence along the edges of your backyard, or wherever you want to, and plant a few flowering creepers and twining plants, such as wisteria, honeysuckle, morning glory, etc., along its base. As the creepers grow along the fence, you'll have a beautiful screen of fresh flowers that will add to the beauty of your backyard.

Bamboo Barrier

If you are looking for a natural way to create a barrier, consider planting bamboo. This trendy plant will grow quickly to it’s maximum height and can be cut down to build a freestanding fence. Proper research into species types will help avoid any problems associated with spreading and overgrowth. Adding bamboo in front of a fence is also an effective way to increase yard privacy.

Potted Plants

Adding large pots with either grasses or plants can be a great way to create a privacy screen for a porch or yard. For example, try planting lemon grass in three to four large decorative pots as a way to veil off a deck! Renting a Dump Trailer from Compact Power is an easy and effective way to move pre-planted items to, and around, your home. Bamboo and Chinese fan palms are good substitutes for pot planting.

Wooden Privacy Fence

A privacy fence is the most efficient way to block out any prying eyes. For complete privacy, your fence should be around 6 feet in height and you may want to install shrubbery near the base for aesthetics. For digging and material movement, renting a Kubota BX25 Tractor Loader Backhoe or Boxer 320 Mini Skid Steer are the best options. Fences are very customizable so be sure to factor type, height, color, and cost before digging.

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