If you have a garden or outside space, it’s natural to want to spend time in it. Enjoying spending quality time in your garden is helped if you have a private space. Nobody wants to be watched by neighbours or passers by while they are trying to relax, enjoy a meal with friends, or read.
Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to create more privacy in your garden. Below, are a few of our favourite approaches.
Create a living hedge using trees
One of the nicest ways to do it is to create a living hedge. This can be done by buying Privacy Trees from The Tree Center or another nursery that ship to your area. There are many different varieties of trees that grow fast, which can be planted in a row and cropped to create a lovely hedge.
Provided you choose the right varieties, you can create a substantial privacy screen in just a year or two. It is best to follow the advice of the garden or tree centre you buy from. They will make sure you plant something that will grow well in your climate and soil. Plus, if you ask them to, they will be able to tell you about the best varieties to use and which to avoid.
Create a living hedge using shrubs
If you don’t fancy the idea of having a solid green hedge, you could always opt to use flowering shrubs instead. There are many varieties of hedging plants that will grow up to between 10 and 20ft high.
They tend to require a bit more maintenance than trees, but they look really nice. Again, follow the advice of the garden centre you buy them from regarding which varieties to use.
Put up a fence
Of course, fencing is also a good idea in a garden. There are many types available and if you use a contractor your garden could potentially be turned into a private space in just a day or two.
When choosing which fencing to buy it is important to consider maintenance as well as how it will look. You do not want to have to paint meters of fence, every year, to keep it in good condition.
Transform the fence you already have
If you already have a wire or chain link fence you could potentially turn it into a solid one that cannot be seen through.
Doing this is quite labour intensive, but not too expensive and it is surprisingly easy. You can learn how to do it yourself by watching this video. Or, if you prefer, hire a contractor.
A few words of caution
Regardless, of which of the above options you choose, it is very important to do a bit of research before you actually start work. You need to understand who owns the boundary you are proposing to put a fence or hedge up along. Plus, you need to understand what the regulations are surrounding hedging and fencing. In most parts of the country, you are limited when it comes to how high it can be and what materials you can use.
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