Landscaping for Privacy

September 26, 2017

It’s finally time to take a break and enjoy your yard, but there’s one problem: privacy. And while you may not be able to control the world around you (or what time your neighbor mows their lawn) there are plenty of landscaping options to create your very own backyard retreat.


One option is to let nature solve all of your privacy concerns. Make a fence out of trees and plants. Hedges are also effective, but require constant trimming. For a more low-maintenance option you can use shrubs, instead.
One large plant > several small plants. Don’t overthink it. One big tree, for instance, can take up a lot of space. Another thing to consider is that it may take several years for smaller plants to grow large enough to cover any real space.
Keep it natural. In nature, plants do not grow neat, tidy and organized. Planting several different types of plants that will grow to different heights and stagger along the property line will be more effective than one long row that uniformly takes up space. For example, you can combine a variety of evergreens and shrubs. If you don’t have a lot of space to work with, consider using raised flower beds to attain different heights. Raised beds also create volume and proportion. You could also put plants in large containers to create scattered height.
Things to Consider
It’s important that you place plants in the right spot. Also, make sure you’re researching the plant for placement – if it thrives in sunlight, consider whether it will thrive where you need it. You also want to be sure to keep in mind how big the plant will grow at full maturity.
Decide what area you need to cover. If there is only one small space that awkwardly peaks into the neighbor’s yard, a single bush may provide ample coverage.
Be realistic with how much maintenance you’re willing to do on a regular basis. If you don’t want to be pruning tall hedges regularly then stick with something simpler.

Fencing Options

An obvious choice is a privacy fence. There are many different fence options that can customize your space. If you’d rather skip the fence and go with a more unique approach you can use a variety of materials.
Bamboo is both attractive and fairly effective at providing concealment. It’s less expensive than most other options. It does, however, require regular maintenance and pruning.
Trellises can provide some privacy while creating visual interest. A bonus here is that they are easily moveable if you change your mind when it comes to placement.
Stone walls can be a beautiful point of interest in your yard that also maintains privacy.
For a rustic look, you could go with wood, instead.
Another great option material wise is brick. Brick has a bold look that can be softened depending on your usage of plants.
Concrete is a great option if you are looking for a more durable wall.
Lattice is another fence-alternative privacy method. You can customize these by adding vines, or flowers.

More Ideas

If you’re not loving the plant or fencing ideas, you can strategically place a shed, green house, or other structure to block the range where you are having privacy concerns. A fence doesn’t necessarily have to cover your whole yard, either. You can place fencing strictly in areas where you need more privacy. You can use a variety of these methods. A hedge here, a shed there -you can even throw in a partial fence. Mix-and-match your way to the outdoor oasis of your dreams!