Asked on May 17, 2012

How do I make a flat, rectangular shaped backyard with no trees inviting? Privacy fence on all sides.

Oliver TeskeDouglas HuntJudy C


8 answers
  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson)
    on May 17, 2012

    What is the square footage of the area? Is it full sun or shade? What is there now, do you have grass?

  • Lu T
    on May 18, 2012

    go to the library and check out a couple of gardening books and skim them for a design that makes you smile. I think of rectangles as a canvas in which to create beautiful art. Once you have a picture, go to your local nursery and shove it under someone's nose (who knows their plants) and tell them you'd like to recreate this using plants that do well in your area. Have a color pallet in mind to narrow your choices down. That's what Id do.

  • Douglas Hunt
    on May 18, 2012

    And is there any reason you can't plant trees?

  • Erica Glasener
    on May 18, 2012

    A trellis in a large pot with vines as a focal point would add some interest. But it would help to know how much sun, etc you have.

  • Jeanette S
    on May 18, 2012

    One thing I have seen is setting 6" treated posts in concrete to form a square or rectangle facing away from afternoon sun. Make a frame across the top and cover with canvas...that plain unbleached lesser expensive works great. Then use plumbing pipe for a curtain rod and add sheets to screen. Then let your imagination go wild as to hardscape (everything from mulch to decorative stone), potted plants, etc. Add a few chairs and you have an oasis. The size of the covering depends on your taste and budget. A small sitting area with a dining area outside and even a fire pit would be great! Make sure you have enough uprights and brace at every corner of posts!

  • Judy C
    on May 18, 2012

    Thank you all for your great ideas. Yes, I can plant trees but want something pretty now. Like the idea of the trellis & the sitting area with a fire pit. Again thank you all so much!

  • Douglas Hunt
    on May 19, 2012

    We look forward to seeing what you come up with, Judy. Make sure to post a photo when you finish.

  • Oliver Teske
    on Feb 18, 2015

    Try surrounding the area by several trellises and covering them with vines.

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