When you live in an area where houses are within eyesight, or within close proximity to the road and sidewalks, it can be hard to find a place where you can truly get away and have some privacy, even on your land. This is where garden screens come in handy: they give you privacy without taking up a lot of space.
Staggered board screens are a great use of scrap wood. Not only will you be using them to make a privacy screen, but you will be living up to those important words: reduce, reuse, recycle. Choose a number of boards that range in height; some of them should be almost 6 feet tall. Finish them in the manner you choose, such as with alternating colours of paint or wood stain, and drive them into the ground, side by side, with a sledge hammer. The end result will be a rustic privacy screen made from boards that are staggered, or uneven in height, behind which you can sit, sheltered from view.
This is one of the oldest methods for creating a privacy screen. Plantings may take up a lot space, but they offer a living and constantly changing privacy screen. Use high, fast growing trees like cedars or privet hedges for the backyard, and smaller, shorter hedges in the frontyard Plants as privacy screens require some time to establish, but once they're there, you'll enjoy their beauty and the privacy they offer because they will make it difficult for others to see through them from the outside--even from an upper story window.
Create a shelter of latticework covered with branches and climbing vines, grape plants and roses. An arbor can be a hideaway and a private place inside your garden. You can even use it to grow your tomatoes or cucumbers, thus doubling the arbor's practical purpose, which could be quite a welcome if you don't have a lot of land.
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