Spring is almost here! That means it will soon be time to get outside and start cleaning up the yard. It’s also the perfect time to change up your tired landscape. If you’re like a lot of Americans who are looking to enjoy their outdoor spaces more, you probably want a mix of sun and shade, some comfy outdoor seating, and, above all else, privacy in your yard. In fact, privacy is at the top of most homeowners’ wish lists. Here are five ways you can get it.
1. Install Fencing
Perhaps the easiest way to get privacy in your yard is to install fencing. You can choose from a variety of fence types, configurations, colors, and sizes. It all depends on how much privacy you want. If you’re looking for full privacy, there are fence types, such as solid tongue and groove wood or PVC boards, that can hide your every move from neighbors and passersby. If you’re looking for something semi-private, try fence types that are made of slats, pickets, spindles, or lattice. These will give you a view beyond your yard, but shield you from any too nosy neighbors. A good fence contractor can help you design something to suit your needs. A good fence company can also customize fencing that encloses your front, back, or entire yard depending on the amount of privacy you want.
2. Build Walls
Similar to fence installation, walls built around portions of your yard can give you privacy. And just as there are different fence types, there are different wall types to choose from. You can build walls from stone, wood, screens, or curtains. You can even build walls with tall, hanging, or staggered plants. Walls probably won’t reach as high as fencing, but you can still add privacy around a small seating area with stones or around your front porch with screens or curtains. One trend is using wood pallets or planks to separate an entertaining space or zen garden from the rest of the yard.
3. Plant Hedges or Trees
If you don’t mind waiting, you can get more privacy in your yard by planting hedges or trees. You can find a variety of shrubs specific to your region that make perfect hedges. Popular choices include Boxwood, Juniper, and Yew. The dense foliage and height keep you out of sight and also give you something nice to look at. Try layering different types of shrubs and mix in small trees or flowers. You can also keep out prying eyes if you plant tall, bushy trees, such as Evergreens.
4. Create Vertical Gardens
Many people nowadays are creating vertical gardens to add privacy to their outdoor spaces. You can buy vertical planters made of wood, plastic, clay, or even found objects, such as ladders, and fill them with any type of plant you desire. Succulent vertical gardens are especially popular right now, and you can even purchase them already planted. You can also find artificial vertical gardens if you’re worried about the upkeep. Hang the gardens around your patio or install them in the ground. You can choose from a variety of sizes to best fit your space. You can also use hanging plants or trellis and climbing vines to create a vertical garden.
5. Get a Pergola
If you’re looking for seclusion in just a small spot of your yard, you might like a pergola. A pergola can be covered with climbing or hanging plants, lattice panels, or curtains depending on the amount of privacy you want. Place a table underneath for al fresco dining or splurge on an outdoor daybed for afternoon naps. You can even have your own outdoor yoga studio under a pergola. You can find pergolas in most home improvement stores or you can have one built.
Improving your landscape to add more privacy doesn’t just give you a nicer place to live, it can also increase your home’s resale value by 14%. And now that spring is almost here, it’s time to start thinking about what changes you would like to make to your yard. If privacy is your main concern, all five of these options can give you a more intimate and inviting outdoor space that you can enjoy for years to come.