Asked on May 3, 2017

Privacy Screen Ideas

Susan DeLappMcknightseltzerDorothy


Looking to put up an INEXPENSIVE , fairly simple yet non-tacky screen to block out our side yard from the road and the "car lot" across the street. Spans about 24 feet. Keep in mind putting plants in the actual ground under these trees is not an option. Putting in braces for a screen of sorts will be challenge enough. HUGE ROOT SYSTEM going on. Needs to be at least 6 feet tall for any privacy. We can find old tin, but trimming it up with wood would cost about $400 for just the wood. Ideas?
17 answers
  • Shawna Bailey
    Shawna Bailey
    on May 4, 2017

    Could you trim up the old tin with pallet wood? it might really complete the look.
    • 169756
      on May 4, 2017

      Definitely an option. Hubs says it's a real pain to take one apart, however.
  • Caseyem11
    on May 4, 2017

    Beware of bamboo which can escape pots. Once it is in the ground it is almost impossible to eliminate. Horizontal planks between the trees would give you privacy and depending on the spacing between the planks would allow air to circulate. You could attach hanging planters on either side of the fence for appearance.
    • Dre8493443
      on May 4, 2017

      They're right about the bamboo, I purchased a home and the backyard was full of this stuff, it took over at least half of the yard, looked like a small jungle. The roots were very hard to get completely up, after spraying, chopped, dug up for weeks we got most of it. I still keep watch, because some roots still pop up. But I do like the large potted plant idea with it for your needs, just watch it & keep trim back. Maybe check with a local garden nursery for other planting idea to use for the space. Best of luck!
  • Steve Woodward
    Steve Woodward
    on May 4, 2017

    zoning laws may eliminate alot of choices,.. hedges are an option used for ages to give any amount of privacy desired.
    Another option may be to run a rope/wire between the trees and hang banners, sail cloth or some other material to see if you like it blocked off.
    AS for the bamboo,.. they are hard to get rid of and the escape roots new stalks hurt if stepped on. They come up like small spikes. They also seem to be a haven for ants and bugs.
  • Canadianlady
    on May 4, 2017

    We just put six foot lattice walls around our deck, and it provides all the privacy I need to enjoy outdoor dining with my family. A lattice fence is attractive and inexpensive and could resolve your privacy issues.
  • Anna Marie Gustafson
    Anna Marie Gustafson
    on May 4, 2017

    Welcome, we know folks who use clumping labels, some get quite tall but that is a good thing if you want privacy : ) and they are lovely to look at! Graceful even...
  • Tracy Kester-Evans
    Tracy Kester-Evans
    on May 4, 2017

    I would do something temporary to start, to see if you like it. The trees could make a nice support for high tinsel wire or rope. Hang lattice or shade cloth from the top and anchor it to bottom wire or weigh the bottom. I've seen a lot of uses for drop cloths for this kind of thing.
  • Pam Walker
    Pam Walker
    on May 4, 2017

    USE those trees as supports. Tie some nice wax-coated twine (ropes) from one tree to the next. Attach shower curtain hooks (loops) onto them. Pick out some nice shower curtains with pretty designs, patterns or prints on them & hang them onto the hooks (loops). Hot glue magnets onto the 4 corners of each curtain & to the trees to secure them so the wind won't blow them around & instant privacy. You could go the next step & put valances on too by adding another piece of twine over the 1st one. Thread the twine thru the opening of the valances & let them drape over the tops of the curtains. The shower curtains are water-proof so when it rains, you won't havta worry about them. Just spray them down with soapy water & rinse from time to time to keep them clean. If you ever get tired of one design, you can always change them season to season or for a get-together or whenever. Hope this helps. :)
  • Cynthia T
    Cynthia T
    on May 4, 2017

    Drive some t-posts in the ground and attach some black plastic square deer fencing or you could also use some similar to keep birds off fruit trees...plant morning glories and any other similar easy to grow flowering will be "natural" living fence that can become more permanent if you wish depending in the vine you plant ...honeysuckle, wisteria etc.
  • Susan
    on May 4, 2017

    A few large containers, pots or troughs to use for tall grass plants. Before planting, place pots in approximate areas and step back and see if those were a good spot for privacy plants. Then plant containers with tall grasses and voila-- no more eyesore view.
  • Woo19087773
    on May 4, 2017

    Go to Lowe's and buy their 8' lg fiberglass posts, drive 3' into the ground. Lace canvas inbetween the plastic pipe frames you are going to slide down over the posts. Instant fence!
  • CeeJay
    on May 4, 2017

    Pampas grass? Not instantaneous, but inexpensive.
  • 512181
    on May 4, 2017

    Lowes and Home Depot have privacy lattice. (smaller holes) I would construct panels as I could afford them. Put up 4 x 4 supports, put vinyl sleeves over the 4 x 4's and use the vinyl privacy lattice. I would use the brown color so it blended in with the trees.
  • Dorothy
    on May 5, 2017

    Girl I worked with had same problem but in front yard I gave her about 20 starts of Rose of Sharon "bush" that grow about 10 ft. high. Some have white with dark pink center flower and then dark pink with white centers. Mine happen to be multi I get both on one bush. They also spread but can be managed with mowing.
    Hers grew about 5 ft the first year and 2nd 10 ft. she's tickled pink with them.
  • Mcknightseltzer
    on May 9, 2017

    1. there are 2 kinds of bamboo: clumping (good )and running (bad).
    2. use large pots planted with tropical houseplants. You could use the same pots and the same plants, for example, plastic faux terracotta containers planted with palms. Or more casual arrangements with various plants. But use the same containers (could spray paint them all the same color). Otherwise, it will look tacky and disjointed.
  • Susan DeLapp
    Susan DeLapp
    on Apr 24, 2018

    i would plant a hedge that grows about five foot tall.
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