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How To Make Your Yard Private?

July 16th, 2014

 

“When in a garden or on a patio, you want to feel that you’re in an intimate space — in a room not exposed as if you’re in the middle of the driveway or street,” says Risa Edelstein, president of the Ecological Landscaping Association.

That’s not so easy when your back yard looks out on your neighbor’s hot tub, your tranquility is constantly interrupted by road noise or your house sits in a new development with scant tree canopy. Here are some strategies for creating more privacy:

 

Fences. Privacy settings for fences range from private (solid tongue-and-groove or board) to semi-private (slat, picket, spindle or lattice) to rather public (rail). A topper made of lattice or circle cut-outs makes a solid fence feel less oppressive.

When considering materials, keep in mind the maintenance involved. Wood typically needs to be resealed, stained or painted every few years. Low maintenance options include powder-coated aluminum, vinyl and composite, all available in neutral shades of white, brown, black and green. Check local zoning regulations to ensure you have proper permits and do not exceed height restrictions, which are often lower for parts of the yard visible from the street.

US Aluminum Services offers fences in an array of styles in the following materials: Vinyl, Aluminum or Wood.

 

Evergreen Hedges. Living fences made of densely planted evergreens, especially columnar and upright conifers, offer privacy and tranquility by screening out busy street noises, reducing glare from headlights and acting as a wind break. While suitable for formal gardens, manicured privet hedges require frequent clipping. For a more natural looking barrier that’s low-maintenance, use shrubs planted close together as more of a screen than a hedge.

 

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How to Reinforce a Privacy Fence…

February 25th, 2011

Shore up those sagging posts with concrete.

If protecting your privacy is worth a little elbow grease, follow these instructions for bolstering your fence.

Materials and Tools:  

trowel
drill
level
2×4-inch board
sharpshooter shovel
rounded shovel
hoe
sledgehammer
hose
dust mask
gloves
safety glasses
drainage gravel
no-mix concrete mix
screws
fencing posts for stakes and support member 

Steps: 

1. Dig holes around the fence posts. Use the sharpshooter shovel to remove small amounts at a time until you have enough clearance to work.

2. Drive stakes into the ground a few feet out from the fence and attach support boards running to the fence. Use the level to move the fence until it’s plumb, and then secure it temporarily with screws.

3. Use a 2-by-4 to tamp the earth around each post.

4. Fill the hole about 1/3 full of gravel, and tamp the gravel down. Fill the rest of the hole with a special no-mix concrete designed for use in postholes. Continue until each posthole is filled. 

5. Mist the concrete with a hose and use a trowel to press concrete around posts. How much water you’ll need to add depends on soil conditions. Follow the concrete manufacturer’s directions. 

6. Cover each hole with soil to hide concrete.  

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