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3 Simple Ways to Add Privacy to Your Garden

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If there is one thing many homes lack it would be that element of privacy.

Not only are homes getting closer and closer together as the need for housing increases, but there is also traffic on roadways to be concerned with. The only thing you want to do on a lovely summer afternoon is get out and enjoy the fresh air, but that’s hard to do with onlookers able to see your every move.

Actually, there is no need for concern because you can easily add privacy to your garden, sometimes on a single weekend with a DIY project for those handy with a few tools.

Here are some simple suggestions to get you started.

1. Install a Wooden Privacy Fence

One of the best features of a wooden privacy fence is that wooden fences with decorative garden gates are relatively less expensive than other types of fences.

Not only do they cost less to install, but they offer a greater visual barrier between your home and the outside world than, say, a cast iron security fence. That’s the difference in a nutshell.

A privacy fence offers a high level of security but it also helps to prevent the outside world from looking in.

A metal security fence does offer privacy from intrusion, but you haven’t eliminated the ability to see into your garden.

With locking wooden garden gates matching the type of fencing you choose, you have both security and privacy – the best of both worlds.

For an idea of just how cost-effective they can be, check out sites like Fencestore. A number of their garden gates are on sale at the moment and you could purchase a great product for your garden for less than £50.

2. Plants Around the Property Line

This is also a lovely idea, the only problem being that it could take literally years for plants to grow tall or thick enough to afford any level of privacy.

Some homeowners use shrubs to form a line of bushes around the perimeter of their property whilst others use layers of plants over a stretch almost impossible to walk through. For example, one row of bushes closest to the interior would then be bordered with flowers, rock gardens and other types of greenery over a span of several metres.


No matter how you plan it, this type of privacy fence can take a very long time to create and is not of much use to someone looking for immediate privacy from those peering in.

While you could always purchase plants that have matured more at nurseries, those would be a bit expensive if you were lining any great distance around the property.

In other words, this is not the type of privacy fencing for anyone in need of security or for those in a hurry to keep the outside world where it belongs – outside!

3. Stone Walls – Alone or Topped with Fencing

While stone or brick walls offer the maximum amount of visual security, they can be one of the most expensive types to build. It generally takes a stone mason or bricklayer to build and it can take a lengthy period of time as well.

One alternative which many homeowners have opted for is a combination of brick or stone walls topped with wooden fencing, most often of the picket variety.

This can offer some visual privacy as well as an extra layer of security. The bottom half of the fencing around the property would be done in stone or brick and from a distance, although it is only about a metre tall, onlookers would have difficulty seeing in.

The fence on top could offer security but if you are looking for privacy, you might want to choose another type of fencing material. An opening would be left at the walkway where a wooden gate could be installed but the rest of the fence would have a stone or brick bottom with the fence along the top. It’s an interesting concept.

Simple and Easy Are Not the Same

In the end, it pays to understand that a simple solution isn’t always going to be the easiest answer to the need for privacy.

Installing a wooden garden fence is easy for a DIYer and it is a simple solution to the problem at hand. A stone wall, on the other hand, is a simple solution but not necessarily an easy thing to accomplish.

Most hobbyist DIYers wouldn’t begin to undertake a project like this unless they had some form of training or experience with masonry or bricklaying.

If cost and speed are an issue, you will find that wooden garden fences offer the greatest amount of privacy for the least investment. Just remember that the more work you are able to handle yourself without the services of a professional, the cheaper the job will be.

Now it’s up to you to figure out just how much privacy you need and which of these options best suit your needs.