If you want to cover a garden or chain link fence for more privacy, or to make them look better, these ideas will help.
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The Beauty of Privacy
Privacy is so essential for a comfortable garden! One of my favourite things is having a quiet, private spot to read, think, and nap without feeling like anyone is watching.
I’ll show you ideas for making basic chain link fences more private, ways to improve existing fences, ideas for adding privacy screens, and some unusual ideas for using living plants to block prying eyes.
1. Ways to Make Chain Link Fence Private
We used to live in a house with a very small yard surrounded by white chain link fence and it was so ugly and (obviously) not private at all. I spent far too much time thinking up ways to cover up that fence. One thing I was sure of: never choose white chain link! Black blends in so much better. White is just an eyesore.
It may not be worth it to cover a short fence with a yard in full view, but, if you have a chance of gaining some real privacy by covering the fence, it may be worth it.
Fence Add-Ons for Better Privacy
Here’s an example where the chain link is replaced with wood and the original posts are used: chainlink fence converted to wood.
This one has wood on top of the chain link: wood fence over chain link.
There are lots of options for these screens. You can choose various colours and the amount of privacy they provide.
2. Ways to Make an Existing Fence Taller
3. Ideas for Privacy Screens
Sometimes you cannot modify a garden fence so a free-standing screen may be the solution. The closer you place a privacy screen to the area you want to make private, the more effective it will be. The screen in the image (above) is actually supported by the property fence and helps block the view from neighbouring apartments. This is a smart work-around if local bylaws limit how tall a conventional fence can be.
More ideas for improving privacy in a backyard garden
4. Create a Living Screen
Here’s some other ideas for creating privacy with plants. Keep in mind that some of these are only effective during growth seasons (spring to fall) but that might be enough. Often we don’t have the same privacy needs in the cold, winter months.
- This strawberry arbor could be adapted with more planters or horizontal slats to act as a privacy screen.
- Here’s a unique free-standing container holder for annual plants.
- My Vertical Gardening board on Pinterest has a bunch of ideas that would act as living screens.
- Cedar hedges (like the one pictured above) provide excellent privacy but do take a long time to grow. A smart idea is to plant one and then set up other screens to use until the hedges are full size.
~Melissa the Empress of Dirt ♛
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