4 Ways to Make Your Backyard More Private

At the top of many homeowners home wishlist, is privacy. You want to be safe and secure from prying eyes, and this is especially true when you are in your backyard. No matter how beautiful your patio or garden is, the truth is, you really don’t want people peeking into your private life. You don’t want to feel like you’re on display, and you want to feel relaxed when in your backyard. If you’re seeking a little bit more privacy in your backyard, here are a few ways to help you achieve that privacy you seek.

Make a potted plant screen


This is a great non-permanent way to add a bit of privacy to your yard. A great option for renters, but also a great option for homeowners! Line tall potted plants around your backyard to keep eyes away. You could also do this around just one portion of your yard, such as your patio. Our favorite plants to do this with, for maximum privacy, are bamboo, tall grasses, fruit trees, or arborvitae.


Grow a hedge


A more permanent solution is to grow a thick hedge around your yard. Boxwood and privet are great hedges to choose for this project, as they will grow thick and tall. If you’re wanting a flowering hedge, both laurel and rhododendron will grow up to 8 feet tall. They’ll require maintenance and pruning, but they’ll keep your backyard private. Another solution, if you’re looking for immediate results, is to buy faux hedge panels. Think of it like turf. It will look relatively real, but will be maintenance free.


Hang drapes around your patio


If you don’t feel the need to make your entire backyard concealed, consider hanging drapes around your patio. If you already have a pergola or other sort of covering over your patio, this is a great solution. It will also also you to open them if you’d rather have a bit of temporary openness.


A vertical garden


Having a vertical garden is a bit more of a difficult project to embark on, but will serve double duty. You’ll have privacy, and a lush garden. A great purpose for a vertical garden is to use this opportunity to grow an herb garden. Another similar option, is to grow climbing plants up trellises around your yard. These can be hard to maintain, but as long as you make sure that they’re far enough away from the exterior walls of your home, they won’t cause any damage, and can be a beautiful way to add privacy to your backyard.

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