Landscaping for Privacy: Innovative Ways to Turn Your Outdoor Space into a Peaceful Retreat

Landscaping for Privacy: Innovative Ways to Turn Your Outdoor Space into a Peaceful Retreat

Marty Wingate

Language: English

Pages: 152

ISBN: 1604691239

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


The area around your home is your haven, your sanctuary, your refuge from the noise and irritation of traffic, eyesores, and nosy neighbors. Or at least it could be if there was some sort of barrier between your front yard and the sidewalk, or if you didn't have to stare at the back of the neighbors' garage when you want to relax on your patio.

Landscaping for Privacy brims with creative ideas for minimizing or even eliminating the nuisances that intrude on your personal outdoor space. Scores of real-world examples show you how to keep the outside world at bay by strategically placing buffers (such as berms or groups of small trees), barriers (such as fences), and screens (arbors or hedges, for example) around your property. And the helpful plant lists tell you precisely which varieties to choose in order to enhance your sense of seclusion.

If you've ever felt frustrated by the lack of privacy whenever you step outside your home, this inspiring book will steer you toward an achievable solution.

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fence or similar structure, invites compliments from passersby on the color, texture, and year-round beauty, while deterring trespassing. A lasting arrangement of plants also serves to anchor the corner and visually establishes the property boundaries. Instead of a flat lawn that runs into a flat sidewalk into a flat street, a diversely planted corner offers a colorful point of interest. For this corner show, the planting should be substantial, dense, and attractive throughout the year. Include small

from bird feeders or fruit trees by giving them their own stash of peanuts, presented in some puzzling way that takes the squirrel at least a few minutes to figure out. You can use predator guards similar to those used for raccoons to keep squirrels out of trees. Squirrels are good jumpers; if branches of a tree, the top of a fence, or the edge of a roof is anywhere within range, they will use it as a launch pad. If you want to keep squirrels out of a bird feeder, try hanging the feeder on a slick

Baffin’ softens the landscape while creating a buffer between the garden and roadway traffic. PAGE 13: With good design elements and placement, a personal garden space remains personal, even if it is on a mid-city rooftop. For Leighton CONTENTS Introduction 11 1. Buffers: Softening the Impact of Nuisances 19 Visual Nuisances: Creating Buffers for Privacy and Sanctuary / Noisy Nuisances: Creating Sound Buffers / Environmental Intrusions: Dealing with Pollution, Sun, Wind, and Salt / Kids and

at least 4 in. wide, and filled with wood chips or rocks. This will act as a sort of moat. Every spring and fall, police the borders and cut out rhizomes that begin to grow into the no-grow zone. You might think that a pot or planter will keep bamboo contained, but think again. Clumping bamboo is suitable for pots or planters, but it will eventually crowd the container and need to be removed and divided. Running bamboo is another story, although some gardeners swear that even running bamboo can be

into the atmosphere to support two human beings. Evergreen trees absorb more pollution than deciduous trees, probably because the dense foliage stays on the tree year-round, but any tree helps. Remember that young trees of any species and cultivar should have some lower branches, which help increase the tree’s caliper (trunk diameter). Remove these lowest branches as the tree grows; eventually, the tree will be tall enough for its branches to grow over the street and sidewalk without being in

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