Article by Mekaila Oaks | Redfin
From soaking in the sun during the summer to cozying up by a fire pit in the fall, outdoor living spaces are oftentimes the favorite part of any home. But, unless you live on a large lot of land, chances are you may have a neighbor who just seems a little too close sometimes. Luckily, there are several ways to solve this common problem. Check out these 8 backyard privacy ideas and transform your outdoor space into your own personal (and private) escape.
1. Introduce a water feature
Creating a private outdoor space extends beyond sight — it includes sound, too. To reduce unwanted traffic noise or rowdy next door pets, while also boosting privacy, consider adding a water feature. If your outdoor space is on the small side, a bubbler fountain is a great option. However, if you have a large backyard and have the budget, a landscape designer can help create a tall water feature or install a water fountain that flows with your outdoor space and drowns out the noise.
2. Create privacy with oversized containers
Extra large containers filled with the right plants are ideal for creating backyard privacy. When deciding what greenery to add, opt for tall grasses or tall plants to ensure a private outdoor space. The long, airy blades of tall grass will also create a soothing noise when the wind blows, which can help muffle neighborhood noise. Bamboo is another fast-growing plant that does a great job of enhancing outdoor seclusion while also adding beautiful scenery. For year-round privacy, consider filling oversized planters with evergreen shrubs. A nursery or garden shop will have a variety of greenery that you can choose from and can help you decide what is best for your climate and backyard design.