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Having a home of your own is an incredible thing. Whether you’ve been a long-time renter or have owned several homes, you know there’s nothing quite like having a house that belongs strictly and solely to you. You’re free to change or redesign just about anything to suit your own personal taste and needs.
In most major cities and suburbs in the United States the buying trend has shifted toward newer homes as opposed to those homes that are older and may need more in the way of renovation. Having a home that’s your own but also having a home that no one else has ever lived in is an amazing feeling. However, these new construction homes do come with a few drawbacks and one of the big ones is the lack of privacy.
So whether you’ve just purchased a new home or you’d simply like to create more privacy around your existing home, these are a few easy and beautiful ways to create a cozy, private feeling around your home and yard that you and your family will love.
Hedges and shrubs are among the most popular ways to create privacy around your home and you might be surprised at how little time you have to wait before the shrub or hedge creates a solid barrier that’s not only private but also helps to block street noise.
Many nurseries offer mature shrubs and hedge plants that can be planted and trimmed to almost immediately create the privacy you desire, but it may take a few months for the roots to settle and for your shrubs and hedges to take off. Also, unless you’re talented with the hedge trimmers it might be wise to leave the maintenance to a professional.
One of the easiest and fastest ways to add privacy to your yard is with fencing. Of course, it’s easy in theory but it can be incredibly difficult when it comes time to decide on the type and style of fencing you want and whether you’ll install it yourself or hire a professional.
You will want to choose a fence that’s made from solid material; chain link fencing obviously won’t achieve the results you’re looking for. Consider a beautiful cedar fencing at a height that prevents passersby from seeing into your yard and consider a beautiful Japanese style gate called a torii to add some style. Also be sure that your fencing material is adequately weatherproofed to prevent problems later on.
One might think of lattice as a fence full of holes which does absolutely nothing to create the feeling of privacy that you’re looking for but that’s not the case. Lattice framework combined with a vine or climbing flower is a beautiful way to create a wall on a portion of your yard or deck or even to surround the entire yard.
You can choose fast growing flowering plants like morning glory or clematis, or vines like English ivy and golden hops. Of course, this method doesn’t produce instant results but if you have the patience a vine or flower covered lattice not only creates privacy but also adds a beautiful and unique touch to your landscaping.
Raised Plant Beds
Perhaps you already have a fence and it’s just not suiting your privacy needs and you’d like to change that without replacing the entire fence. One of the easiest solutions to this problem is with raised plant beds on the inside of the fence and a careful choice of plant that will grow tall enough to provide you the extra privacy you need.
Bamboo is an excellent choice for a wide variety of climates and adds an exotic flair as well. You can also try different varieties of cacti or something simple like juniper. Tall, ornamental grasses also work well in this case and varieties like switchgrass, cordgrass, maiden grass, and ravenna grass all grow to heights of five feet or more.
As the saying goes, your home is your castle and ideally you want that castle to be as private as possible. Utilize one or more of these tips to create privacy around your home and yard in a beautiful and practical way.