Your backyard is an extension of your home. It's a place you retreat to for enjoyment of the outdoors, while still maintaining some level of privacy. When it comes to privacy, some people wonder how much is too much. While you want to create somewhat of a view obstruction, you don't want to feel like you've barricaded yourself in. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to create the perfect balance.
Consider incorporating some landscaping to your backyard space. For example, you can have a wall of tall shrubs planted to keep your neighbors from seeing in, without making yourself feel trapped. Emerald Arborvitae trees and Italian Cypress are just a couple of the landscaping options you can consider.
The only real drawback for this option is pets. If you have pets, the shrub wall won't keep them out, allowing them to easily escape from the yard, so if you have pets this option likely won't work for you. Otherwise, it's a long-term, low maintenance option to consider.
Install Chain Link Fencing
Chain link fencing is another privacy option to consider. In the fencing world, chain link is a cost-effective option that doesn't take much effort to maintain. However, when most people think of chain link fencing, they don't think about privacy due to its open design. Keep in mind that there are several things you can do to add flair to this fencing style.
One option is to install a privacy screen. Privacy screens are installed on either side of the fence, basically blocking the view from either side. Weave rolls achieve the same outcome; however, they are fed through the holes on the fence, making them more secure.
Add A Garden Wall
If your neighbors have fencing on each side and you only have to worry about privacy in one area of your yard, consider installing a garden wall. A garden wall is basically a structure you build that allows you to grow herbs, flowers, and other greenery.
These walls are generally designed with several posts that support a string of small pots or other potting containers. As the greenery grows, it creates even more of a view obstruction. This is a great idea if you want to create a look that blends in with the environment and looks more natural.
There are a number of ways you can add privacy to your backyard—you just have to be creative.