Need more privacy than what your current outdoor setting is providing? Here are 5 tips on landscaping for privacy.
Identify the area you want to hide.
Knowing whether it’s your outdoor living room, your windows or your whole yard that you want to screen will inform you what kind of plants or screen materials will be most effective for your yard.
Plant small trees.
Aside from giving shade, small trees easily block the sight of your yard from the road while not being too much of an eyesore. Picking the right small tree for your yard can also bring in a bunch of bees, butterflies and birds to fill your yard of beautiful sights and sounds. You can try planting Little Gem Magnolia, Saucer Magnolia or Eastern Red Cedar. These small trees provide enough visual cover to make your yard feel more intimate.
Go for variety.
From hedges to vines and even small trees, it’s always better to plant different types and species of plants to ensure the longevity of your green screen. This is to safeguard your screen against pests and disease. This way, even if you lose one plant variety to a pest or disease, you still have other plants left.
Ensure the plants are compatible with each other.
Plants can be very competitive in terms of getting the right resources in order to thrive and survive. Make sure the plants have enough ample space to grow their roots in and the soil is rich enough to support all the plant varieties you have. An invasive plant may kill off others growing near it, leaving your privacy cover sparse.
Choose a trellis wall instead of the usual mortar-heavy fence.
Trellis walls are best for compact yards with not a lot of space to spare for privacy hedges. A climbing rose variety or an aggressive trumpet vine will cover your trellis in no time, providing both a privacy screen for your yard and a visual treat for passersby.