Having the chance to enjoy spending time in the backyard is important to many homeowners. You put hard work into maintaining it, from using your electric lawn mower to keep the grass neat to weeding and watering your plants regularly. That said, it’s hard to enjoy your space if you lack privacy.
The right landscaping design can offer both. The following ideas will help you transform your backyard into a space where you can relax without feeling like you’re constantly in full view of the neighbors. Keep these in mind for your next backyard project.
Obviously, fencing in your property is a simple way to make the space more private. However, some homeowners choose not to. They may feel that a solid fence obstructs their view of the neighborhood to an excessive degree.
That doesn’t need to be the case. Homeowners who want some added privacy while still enjoying backyard views can install semi-private fences. Styles like an open weave or chain link strike a balance between privacy and aesthetics thanks to the open spaces in the fencing. These gaps don’t need to be so large that neighbors can easily peer through, but they don’t need to be so small that you feel closed in.
That said, this type of fence won’t be as effective at blocking sound as a fully solid one. This may be important to some homeowners, so take it into consideration when choosing which style of fence to install. If you do decide to get a solid fence and it ends up being too tall, you can simply take your oscillating multi-tool and cut it down to size.
It’s worth pointing out that you don’t necessarily need to block off the entire backyard in order to instill a sense of privacy. Setting aside a specific area for privacy gives homeowners the chance to enjoy outdoor private time whenever they need, without having to fence in their entire property.
For instance, think about adding a pergola or small gazebo to a garden area and decorating it with plants, curtains, and other visual features. Doing so can yield a private space in an otherwise open yard. It also gives homeowners the chance to show off their gardens in a unique way.
If you want to enjoy the degree of privacy a fence offers, but prefer your yard to boast a more natural aesthetic, including features like rock walls and hedges, can help.
Some fences look too jarring when juxtaposed against a lawn. This is especially the case if the backyard is home to many decorative plants. By opting to install rock walls, hedges, and similar features, a homeowner can mimic the effect of a fence with a boundary that looks like a natural extension of the yard itself. If you go this route, just make sure you rely on plants that thrive in your climate and complement the existing visual features of the lawn.
Do you enjoy container gardening? If so, you could also use this hobby to add more privacy to your yard. Choosing larger containers and arranging them along the property line is yet another way to block off your lawn while also showing off your green thumb. You may need to place some of the containers on small rock walls or other elevated features to fully reach the degree of privacy you’re looking for. But if you enjoy this activity, designing the layout could be a fun project.
As always, these basic ideas should merely serve to inspire you. All landscaping projects rely on the creativity of the designer, whether that be the homeowner or an outside party. That means adding privacy to your backyard also gives you the chance to indulge your inner artist. Enjoy the process, and you’ll love the final result.