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Improving Privacy in Your Garden with Automatic Privacy Screening and More

March 20, 2020

Privacy is something we all need and value. This is especially true in places where people live in close quarters. But even if we are fortunate enough to have our own gardens or backyard, privacy can still be a problem. Of course, we can use fences and walls to secure our privacy so we can enjoy and relax in our private green spaces.

However, walls and fences aren’t the only solutions designed to prevent us from feeling exposed to our neighbors every time we’re out in our gardens. There are also pergolas, automatic privacy screens, garden blinds and more.

Not sure how you can improve garden privacy in your property? Read on to know all of your options.

1. Pergolas

If you already have a garden fence or wall but you live next door to a high-rise building or double-story house, you can have a pergola installed to obscure the view from the top. Having a pergola installed can also encourage vines or climbers to grow. This way, the plants can enclose the top part and hang toward the sides to provide lovely natural shade for your garden sitting area.

2. Automatic privacy screening

Most landscaping services recommend the use of automatic privacy screening in the form of motorized retractable screens. Being automated, these screens can appear and disappear at the touch of a button. They work well for both indoor and outdoor living spaces, and since these are made to fit the specific openings or sections of your house, they are always custom-made.

With automatic privacy screening, you not only get to choose a color that matches your home but also the material. Your choices include fabrics such as mesh or vinyl. These can be surface mounted or recessed and require professional installation. These screens not only help ensure garden privacy but they also provide sun and insect protection and help with ventilation and climate control.

3. Vine and plant screens

Aside from pergolas, there are other solutions you can implement to encourage the growth of vines including trellises, lattice screens, and freestanding grid screens. The best vines to use for garden screening include clematis, star jasmine, hops, trumpet vine and wisteria.

For plant screens, you can grow hornbeams, Japanese bamboo, Pittosporum tenuifolium (James Stirling), Viburnum odoratissimum, Viburnum tinus, Buxus (box hedge), Waterhousea floribunda (weeping lilli pilly), orange blossom (Murraya paniculata), red robin (Photinia), Lilli pilly (syzygium smithii) and Leighton green (Cupressocyparis leylandii). The plant you choose will depend a lot on the landscape, of course.

4. Metal screening

You can ask your landscaping services provider to install laser-cut architectural metal panels that will not only give you the privacy you need but also contribute to garden aesthetics. High quality metal screens are also durable and dependable. To ensure your screen doesn't clash with the surrounding vegetation, you may opt to use copper or rust-colored partitions.

5. Wooden screening

Another type of versatile divider, wooden screens made from bamboo, cedar, pressure-treated pine or some other rot-resistant wood can provide the privacy you crave for your garden. Bamboo panels can be purchased from garden stores, while cedar and pine posts can be sourced from fencing suppliers. These natural screening materials are not only beautiful to look at but can also add to the serenity of your green corner.

Relax in your garden hideaway

There are several alternatives to walls and fences when it comes to ensuring the privacy of your garden. All you need to do is to seek the right landscaping services to start enjoying your garden hideaway.

And if you live in the Indianapolis area, make sure to contact us at Start to Finish Landscaping.

We provide commercial and residential turfgrass management and horticultural maintenance services in Indianapolis and nearby areas.