With warmer weather on the way, homeowners with backyards will no doubt be spending much more time outdoors. But does your yard lack the privacy you desire? Whether your yard gets too much sun or too many curious looks from the neighbors, you may be looking for ways to make your space more intimate. Here are some clever ways to create privacy in your backyard without breaking the bank.
Grow a bamboo fence
Nothing says “Zen” quite like bamboo. If you want to create a tropical retreat in your backyard, then bamboo could be a great choice. You can use it to create a green fence that blocks a view. Or use it to fill in gaps in your landscaping. Be aware that bamboo can be invasive. Be sure to choose a variety of bamboo that is compatible to your environment and can be contained easily. Opt to plant it in pots or purchase clumping, slower-growing varieties.
Use large planters
One of the easiest ways to create privacy in your backyard is with planters. Buy extra-large sized containers and fill them with tall plants. Great plant choices include tall decorative grasses, dwarf trees, and tall shrubs like arborvitae. Place the planters on wheeled discs, which will allow you to move the plants around to create the privacy you desire. Just don’t forget to water them.
Hang outdoor curtains
Don’t have a green thumb? Don’t worry – you can still create privacy without using a single living plant. Instead, use curtains around decks, patios, or other seating areas to create a cozy area for dining or hanging out. If you don’t have a place to hang curtains, that’s no problem, either. Drive wooden posts into the ground and fasten rods to them to hang your curtains.
Install a lattice fence
If you’re in a DIY mood, then consider installing a lattice fence to create privacy in your backyard. All you need for this project is a few wooden posts and sheets of wooden lattice to attach to the posts. You can stain or paint a lattice fence so that it blends well with the style of your home. You can also use plants to trellis on the lattice fence to create even more privacy. Some excellent choices include vining plants like morning glory or clematis, perennial vines like bougainvillea or passionflower, or even climbing roses. Not only will this provide a beautiful partition, but it will also help to reduce noise from neighbors or from the street.
Buy an outdoor screen
Finally, you can create privacy on a budget in your back yard with a simple click. Buy an outdoor privacy screen to create a secluded space. You can even purchase a portable screen that will allow you to create privacy in any area of your yard. Privacy screens can be made out of wood, fabric, or metal to match the style of your home. If you’re feeling creative, you can make your own privacy screen. Try using old doors hinged together, or create a frame with PVC pipe and use it stretch fabric.