Ideas for adding privacy to property between established trees

We are building a home office for my husband on our property, we are in the process of relocating to the mountains full time which is a dream come true but we needed a little more room. I am trying to figure out a way to add a little privacy on one side between our property and our neighbor. I would really like to figure out a way to use the established trees instead of installing a traditional fence or privacy screen. Is there a way to safely "attach" either pressure treated wood, round logs or branches to the trees without damaging them? Any of the other traditional options I've looked at seem out of place with the surroundings. I would appreciate any ideas anyone might have. P.S. I love this community of DIYer's on Hometalk, you have all provided me with so much inspiration over the past few years. THANK YOU!!
q ideas for adding privacy to property between established trees, fences, outdoor living
q ideas for adding privacy to property between established trees, fences, outdoor living
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  • on Jul 24, 2015
    That is a tough question. You can plant more trees to boost your privacy:
  • Josephine Howland Josephine Howland on Jul 24, 2015
    I agree, plant trees like Balsam Fir, that keep there branches full from top to bottom. Too bad you live on the opposite coast than me, I have a forest full of firs. Also if you can get a copy of Woodland Garden by Robert Gillmore, he explains step by step how to plan and plant a woodland garden. You have the perfect place for one. Best of luck.
  • Meaganlhd Meaganlhd on Jul 24, 2015
    Here's an article on anchoring fencing on a tree - Alternatively, have you thought about adding tall full bushes in between the trees? We recently added several between our firs to block the noise and sight of a busy street. It will take a while for them to fill out enough to block the street but should look lovely in a few years.
  • Craftyfox Craftyfox on Jul 24, 2015
    how about planting bushes in among the trees. How about some pretty rododendrons
  • Sara Sara on Jul 24, 2015
    I plant a large quantity of morning glories around my front porch for a natural privacy screen in the summer. I also plant them between the tree and garage in the back. All I do is run a rope between the tree and garage then cut pieces of yarn to tie to the rope. Let the yarn dangle to the ground and the flowering vine will climb right up and you will have a natural wall. Shake the vines at the end of the growing season and next year's vines will plant themselves.
  • Julies1949 Julies1949 on Jul 25, 2015
    You could use branches woven between the trees for a natural look.
  • Linda Smith Linda Smith on Jul 26, 2015
    How about planting bamboo? It grows super fast; my sister screened her front yard with it.
  • Connie Hoge Connie Hoge on Jul 27, 2015
    Don't plant bamboo out in the mountains. Non-native Invasive, does harm to the ecosystem. I can't see a neighbor's house, privacy from what?
  • Vicky Vicky on Jul 27, 2015
    yeah bamboo is very invasive but there is bamboo fencing that looks really good and you could attach it to the trees instead of fence post. then plant some mountain laurel, rhododendrums to make it look natural
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