A carefully designed and landscaped backyard can be a wonderful place for socializing and relaxing with family and friends. A backyard can also provide solitude and also the quiet enjoyment of nature. However- designing for group and individual activities often gets to be more challenging when there is limited space. You may feel like you’re in a fishbowl with your neighbours looking in, or that the space is not really separated in the surrounding properties.
One of the easiest ways to obtain privacy in your own backyard is with landscaping, such as trees and shrubbery. For example, if you live in a warm climate, you might line your yard with large palm trees to block out your neighbors’ views. If you live in a colder climate, think about pine trees that tend to grow quite tall and can handle low temperatures. Keep in mind that shrubs, small trees, and foliage can grow quickly and become overgrown, so be sure to plant accordingly with the notion that plants will get taller eventually.
Natural Privacy Screens
Trees with dense foliage are perfect for blocking the views of neighbors, as well as reducing noise from busy streets, and adding color and texture to your yard.
Well-placed trees can also block the view into your home’s windows and help you cut energy costs by providing shade that can reduce your need to cool your home with an air conditioner.
Increasing the shady areas in your yard by planting more trees will also make your yard a more enjoyable place to hang out on sunny days, but excessive shade can also make landscaping your yard a bit more challenging.
Most grasses and many plants do not grow well in shade, but you can remedy this by planting a shade garden with plants and groundcovers that thrive with little sunlight, or install an artificial grass lawn that will be green and lush regardless of the amount of shade in your yard.
If trees are your choice for creating privacy in your yard, make sure you do not plant them near second-story windows or balconies where they could be used as ladders for prowlers to enter your home.
Shrubs and Bushes
Shrubs or bushes planted around the perimeter or your yard or along your patio create a natural screen for more intimate outdoor entertaining spaces.
If you choose flowering bushes, you can also enhance your yard’s visual appeal by adding seasonal color.
This type of privacy screen usually requires pruning to keep it looking its best, so you may want to select low-maintenance options if your busy schedule does not allow much time for yard care.
Besides fences, homeowners can also install retaining walls made of sturdy materials like stone or brick. Brick and stone walls are solid and durable enough to withstand all types of weather conditions, and they can also be a place to hang vines, which will add even more coverage depending on how high they grow. Again, be sure to check with your HOA for local regulations and restrictions.
If your home has a pool, consider adding an outdoor cabana as a retreat for when you get out of the water. Rather than lounging out in the open, a private cabana gives the feel of being outdoors but can serve as a place to take a nap, change clothing, watch TV, and enjoy a meal without being visible. There are many cabana styles to choose from, including fabric and solid structures.