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Building a Backyard Privacy Screen

PLIERS | Posted in General Questions on

Hey hope everyone is doing well. So I have a walkway on the side of the house that leads to the patio and backyard. I live on a suburban street, so looking for extra privacy for a small backyard. I planted a row of arbs on a small patch of dirt between driveway and walkway. It will take some time for them to grow high enough to create privacy. Even so it would still not block anyone from looking straight down my walkway into my backyard. I basically want to create a privacy gate that would block the view of my rear year without closing off the entire area. Basically a stand alone privacy screen. Has anyone done this and what exactly am I looking to build that would not look weird? It’s not leading to a garden so what is something I can place here, pictures attached

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    BILL WICHERS | | #1

    Simple wood slat gates will help, and you can plant vines on them to give them a 'natural' look. Grape vine grows pretty fast, and it makes grapes you can eat too! Something of a win-win. If you're in a warmer area, kudzu grows so fast you'll soon lose your house (so that vine is not recommended :-).

    There are other vines that will cover gates and fences and look nice. Wisteria is great, but really likes pergola-type structures, so I'm not sure how it would do on a gate. You might try going to a real nursery (not a box store "garden center") and asking them what would work to provide some natural screening for your particular locale. I know in my own area, I'm putting in a row of hydrangeas right now to create a sort of colorful garden wall.

    BTW, a drip irrigation system on a timer will really help these things to grow well and get stablished quickly.


  2. 1869farmhouse | | #2

    Thuja Green Giant

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