Feeling Overly Exposed? Here's How To Landscape For Privacy In A Hurry

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If you've recently purchased a single-family home, you're undoubtedly looking forward to enjoying spending time with family and friends in your outdoor living space. For instance, you may be planning to invite people over for barbecues or to play lawn games such as badminton, volleyball, or croquet, or maybe you just want to sit outdoors with a cup of coffee and read a good book or listen to the birds sing. However, if your house is located in a subdivision or other area where you've got lots of neighbors and your backyard is within easy view of them, you may feel as if you're on display when you're outside, and this put quite a damper on your enjoyment of your lawn and garden area. You probably already know that you can have a tall privacy fence built that will solve this issue almost immediately. However, these fences often provide a prison yard ambiance that's almost as bad as feeling as if people are watching your every move while you're outdoors. Here's how you can landscape for privacy in a hurry.

Fence Trellises

Most people will freely admit that few things look more utilitarian than a standard-issue chain link fence, and they don't offer any privacy anyway. But you can purchase fast-growing annuals that will cover the fence with foliage and flowers in just a few short weeks. Morning glory, nasturtiums, and scarlet runner beans all grow quickly and have lovely flowers. However, they'll stop blooming and producing leaves at some point during the fall. Many homeowners don't mind this because they aren't spending much time outdoors during the winter anyway, but it may not be a good option for those who live in areas with warm winters. You can always use lattice screens as an alternative to chain link fencing, but these usually aren't quite as sturdy.

Bamboo

Bamboo grows so quickly that you'll have a complete privacy hedge within a couple of months. Because it's an evergreen perennial, bamboo provides year-round privacy. Because it can become invasive if soil and weather conditions are right, consider planting it in pots in order to control its growth. Many people plant bamboo as a temporary screen while waiting for plants that grow more slowly to take their place.

Ideally, landscaping designed to provide privacy should be layered, with several different types of trees, shrubs, and herbaceous perennials and annuals each playing an integral part in completing the big picture. However, the strategies above provide almost instant privacy while waiting for a permanent fixture to grow.

for more information, contact a landscape design service in your area.

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