How to build an outdoor privacy screen

Updated February 21, 2017

Many people think they have nosey neighbours, whether they do or they don't. Privacy screens will come to your rescue. These easy to follow steps will allow even the most self conscious person to venture out into the unknown of your own backyard by building an outdoor privacy screen.

Decide on what direction you need the privacy. Consider creating a privacy screen only around the patio, along the entire perimeter of the back garden, or only in planters scattered around the patio. There may be trees blocking many angles and you will not need a privacy screen for the whole back garden.

Determine the type of privacy screen you want to build. You can build a privacy screen that has plants growing on it, install a bamboo fence, install outdoor shades, place a three-panel free standing utility screen, or add a privacy screen to your existing fence.

Purchase pre-assembled wood or vinyl privacy screen from a hardware shop. This is the easiest way to build a privacy screen. Buy the upper panel that measures the height that you want the screen to cover. Screw the screen onto a pre-existing fence.

Purchase a section of lattice and two 5 cm x 10 cm (2 x 4 inch) pieces of wood or two posts. Hammer, screw, or staple the lattice to each 5 cm x 10 cm (2 x 4 inch) board. Screw the 5 cm x 10 cm (2 x 4 inch) board to an existing fence. If there is no pre-existing fence, sink two posts into the ground where you need privacy. Attach the lattice to the posts.

Go to a garden centre and find a hardy vine that grows in your area. A climbing rose will grow in most climates.Purchase the vine and bring it home. Prepare the soil near the fence you are building. Plant the vine and direct the vine to your privacy screen.

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