5 Ways to Add Privacy to Your Yard

by | Jun 1, 2017

Your home is your sanctuary and your backyard is a place where you can escape from the outside world.

Many homeowners use their outdoor spaces as extensions of their living space, by building and installing porches, decks, landscaping designs, pools, and more.

But what happens when you’re trying to relax on your patio and your neighbour is mowing his lawn? Or you can hear the heavy traffic and blaring horns from the street? Or you don’t want anyone to see you while you enjoy your spa?

It’s time to make privatizing your backyard a top priority, and we can help.


There are various ways to increase the privacy and comfort of your outdoor space.

  • Fences
  • Walls
  • Lattice screens
  • Row of trees
  • Hedges
  • And more…

When choosing a more natural way to obtain privacy in your backyard, it is important you keep these two things in mind:

  1. City/Regional laws and codes usually limit fence or plant heights, so be sure to check with your localities prior to making any decisions.
  2. Be considerate of your neighbours when choosing to add large plants. Blocking their views, or impacting their outdoor space for the sake of your own isn’t the neighbourly thing to do!

Here are our favourite privacy strategies to give you the much-needed solitude and security for your backyard.


Hedges as a screening plant tend to be less expensive than a fence and offer a natural look for your privacy landscaping.

Depending on the height of your hedges, they can even block out wind, traffic noise pollution.



Keep in mind…

  • You don’t want your hedges to grow taller, wider, or thicker than necessary or pruning will become a never-ending chore.
  • Be sure to choose the right type of hedge plant. Deciduous plants will lose their leaves in the winter. For year-round privacy, choose an evergreen.


To best complement your existing landscaping design, trees offer optimal privacy and add to the depth of your yard especially when you mix and match different sizes and types.

And with proper planning and landscape care and maintenance, a design for privacy will only become more and more beautiful throughout the years.



One of the most popular screening plants, bamboo adds a vertical dimension to your landscape while creating a privacy barrier.

If you’re wanting to add a zen-like oasis to your gardens, bamboo is a great option to bring in an exotic flair to your landscape design – no matter where you live.




Another beautiful way to create privacy is to build a fence, wall, or trellis around your property.

This may seem counteractive to a “natural” privacy screen, but once you drape plants, flowers, vines, or edible vegetables and fruits over the fences, walls, or trellises, your backyard will be turned into an intimate garden space.



Adding a berm to your yard is a simple way to add height and privacy to your landscape, especially if your area is fairly flat.

Sloping grass and mounded hills create subtle, natural-looking privacy screens when combined with plantings and trees.




Your home should be your sanctuary from the outside world.

Creating privacy with landscaping is the secret to escaping a noisy neighbour or traffic disturbances while you’re trying to relax in your backyard.

When you’re ready to add some much-needed privacy to your backyard and start enjoying your downtime, contact us!

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