Many people who live in crowded residential environments decide that landscaping for privacy is the best way to create a comfortable outdoor space for themselves, and home and garden experts agree. Use of proper landscaping techniques can not only provide the homeowner with wind protection and sound barriers, but with privacy screens as well.
Those who are interested in purchasing large, quickly growing landscaping plants should visit their local home and garden store for ideas. It should be kept in mind that a mixture of deciduous and evergreen plants and trees make the best privacy screens. An all-deciduous landscaping screen will be fine for spring, summer and fall, but it will provide little privacy for the homeowner during the winter. Fast-growing vines on trellises are a good way to provide quick screens while waiting for other plants to mature. Annual vines such as morning glory and nasturtium will also add vibrant colors to your outdoor environment.
Instead of just a tall hedge of arborvitae or bamboo, home and garden experts recommend using a variety of plants to achieve backyard privacy. It’s also important to focus on other parts of the yard besides the areas closest to the property line when privacy is an issue. Shady trees situated next to a patio can create a private feeling as well as offer protection from the sun.
One of the best privacy hedges is common laurel. It grows quickly and easily, is pest and disease resistant and doesn’t lose it’s leaves in most climates.
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