Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Make Your Yard More Private

Do you find that your outdoor space is always in the public eye of all the neighboring houses in your area? You can add privacy and make your garden a personal retreat by adding a few elements to keep prying eyes out. After all, you only have your garden for a few hours in a day, so you need to make it worthwhile to make it a haven of rest and relaxation. Try these few simple ways to create your very own personalized space in the comfort of your home.

Fences – The easiest, safest and fastest way to create privacy in your backyard is to put up a fence. They are the perfect option to keep children and pets indoors. You can also prevent strangers from entering and keep prying eyes out from neighboring houses. Select a material that complements the structure and style of your property. Look around for areas in your outdoor space that needs some closure before installing a fence. You can even use existing structures in your garden to block outside views. A deck or small patio next to your home or garage maybe all you need to screen one or two sides that need privacy.

Hedges – You can mix up various colors and textures of different shrubs to give a natural look. If you find that a fence will be too stark, it is better to grow a hedge. For every region, there will be shrub varieties that can be perfect to create a hedge. You can experiment and add different textures to your hedge by adding small trees. Layer the plants to create a beautiful mosaic that contain various species of plants with different shapes and sizes. You need to make sure to shear or prune your shrubs on a regular basis depending on the type of shrub you’re growing. Keep your hedges looking good for years by shearing your shrubs in a way that keeps the bottom wider than the top.

Lattice Panels – To block just a spot or two in your outdoor space, you can set up a few inexpensive lattice panels in your yard. To add extra interest, plant a small garden bed around the panels. To help them feel integrated into your landscape, you can plant some tidy vines where the panels are installed. However, ensure you have the right type of vine for the required spot as a big vine can easily crush the panels as they grow. On the other hand, small vines may not grow large enough to sufficiently cover the panel as they grow.

Berms – Miniature hills that add height to plantings and also provide privacy for your garden are berms. You can also bring small plants to eye level by planting and highlighting them on berms. Their advantage is that they drain better than flat beds owing to the nature of their sloping sides. That’s why they are well suited for species that prefer dry soil and rock garden plants. To form a sound and physical curtain between the yard and street, plant shrubs and trees on berms. To give the mound proper stability, install stones and rocks on them. To prevent mulch from running down the slope, make sure the berms are at a ratio of one foot of height to every four feet of width.

Pergola – To add privacy to a small garden area, pergolas are the right choice. It may not block out an entire yard but it will block out specific areas in your outdoor area that need it. To create a shady and private nook for a patio or secluded bench, create a vine-covered pergola. It also adds proper structure to the landscape for a whole year. To create more privacy, you can hang sheets of outdoor-friendly fabric that will act as curtains for the pergola. What’s more, a vine-covered pergola with running lattice panels between its columns will add even more privacy.

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