How can I make a power tower in my back yard more appealing?

Cindy Jones
by Cindy Jones

It is such an eye sore. Do you have any suggestions as to how to make it more appealing? Please keep in mind that the power company does not allow anything on the tower and no large trees

Eye sore right in back yard

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    • Dwp7470b Dwp7470b on Nov 19, 2018

      Yeah Margaret, aint!

      Poor Cindy...probably heard every joke in the book from Guests.

      The jokes can ongo for hours, like: Have your kids ever complained of the Songs on AM Radio while wearing Braces...


      'That thing thar is proof Aliens Exist' says the Arizonian tourist on a drive-by...


      Maybe buy a Screen made of Lead?

      Seemingly an inch thick (of Lead) will assist the family health a bit more than any Obamacare Surpluses to Construct Eyesores as these ever can or will.


      Have you considered adding swings to those extra large monkeybars for the kids?

      I thought my forest blocking all morning rays was bad...

      Until I saw this.

      Seriously, I would just enclose the deck in a room without any real windows but instead mount a Plasma TV that can better Display than a Window something you like.

  • Kate Kate on Nov 15, 2018

    I suggest a BIG line of topiary on your deck. Maybe curtains/lattice. you are not going to be able to do anything to it physically that won't get you arrested.

  • Ana Bacallao Ana Bacallao on Nov 15, 2018

    That's a tough one since it's so large. I would just learn to love it and make your deck as inviting as possible.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Nov 15, 2018

    Hi Cindy,

    You are right, that is an eyesore.

    From your picture it is a little hard to tell how far it is away from your deck, but for immediate relief either put something up on your deck to block the view-unfortunately for you that is pretty much you can do because it is so massive. Have you considered an awning with a drop down to cover or limit the view.?

    Or a more expensive way would be to move the deck and door opening to another side of the house where you have a different view.

  • Jan Loehr Jan Loehr on Nov 16, 2018

    Unfortunately the tower was probably there when you purchased the house, if I am wrong please let me know...but all you can do is change up your there any possibility of transforming your open deck to a screened in porch? A very big investment I know but your space out there would give you privacy and somewhat dilute the view of this thing...sorry but I have no other of luck to you...

    • Cindy Jones Cindy Jones on Nov 16, 2018

      It was there when we bought the house. We got a really good deal on 5 acres and house. I was hoping to maybe do something with a vine on very large moveable structure. It’s also an eye sore from the kitchen window.

  • 34391982 34391982 on Nov 16, 2018

    To block the view you've shown us, a shrub, or small tree can be planted somewhere close to the deck in the line of vision but not so close as to become a problem for the deck when it matures. Visit a garden centre with knowledgeable staff to help you find the right one in your zone that will be thrive in the amount of sun/shade it will get. For when you're on the deck, Some kind of lattice along the deck perhaps?

  • Cindy Jones Cindy Jones on Nov 16, 2018

    Thank you for your help. The picture is a little misleading. The tower is about 100 feet from the house. The 2 burning bushes are in front of the tower. I’ll ask garden center. That’s a good idea. I’m not sure why I didn’t think of that. Thank you

  • ☘️ TxBella ☘️ TxBella on Nov 17, 2018

    Hi Cindy, Yard Art!

    Perfect opportunity for a dinosaur 🦕 or a giraffe 🦒 lol.

    I’m sure one could find a some yard art somewhere.

    I’d even have one made out wood like jigsaw pieces and put it together.

    Or perhaps make one that could be climbed ( partial way up) then slide down the side or tail.

    A wooden family tree? With cherries for the names? Perhaps a garden . Take a pallet , double the pallet high or even triple it , or even use large rock , then stagger your garden.

    I hope this helps some .

    Good Luck 🍀

  • Darlene Nuppnau Darlene Nuppnau on Nov 17, 2018

    A line of Rose of Sharon bushes between the tower and your deck. They grow quite tall and have beautiful flowers.

  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Nov 17, 2018

    Amazing how an eyesore like the tower (and all the lines) can become a plank in your eye. If you want to start with vines, I suggest an old 12’ ladder with lattices on both sides. Plant fast growing vines and they should fill in the ladder and lattices in one season. Best wishes! ☺️

  • Michelle Michelle on Nov 18, 2018

    Yup an eyesore where is your property line you plant trees as a barrier or as Darlene suggest Rose of Sharon I have these beautiful bushes along my privacy fence . That is why you got a good deal on the property . i hope everyone is healthy in the home

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Dec 31, 2022

    Build a Trellis arround it, leaving a door to get in or maybe use Arches to surround it and grow climbers up it. Hang things from the trellis or middle of arches. Uou cold even lay large Paving slabs around it and then put up your arches. Use the Paving slabs to hols Large tubas of plants or Maybe Put Figuringes or tall ornaments on the slabs. That way you won't loose any space but infact gain a feature or maybe add Overhead Arched Seats to hide it up a bit. on 3 sides.

  • Perhaps you could add a lattice screen to the deck, on that one side, and grow some flowering vines on it.

  • Janice Janice on Nov 16, 2023

    Hi Cindy, indeed you bought property with an eyesore! However, there are some options to draw attention away from it by installing wind/shade sails. At our local recreation area they have installed a few triangular-shaped sails and layered them in such a way that areas are protected from the sun. They could be used to block an ugly view and also provide shade for your deck. They'd need to be set in concrete, but when layered and perhaps in a variety of colors could add a new dimension to your backyard and be a good investment as they can last 5-7 years before needing the fabric portion replaced. If you have a company nearby, they'd likely be able to figure out where to set the poles for best case scenario on your lot. Hope this helps.

  • Mogie Mogie on Nov 16, 2023

    I would plant some shrubs or trees but that really isn't an immediate solution.

  • Betsy Betsy on Nov 25, 2023

    Hi Cindy: Short answer - you can't :( However, you can do something in your yard that may help. You can get some roll up curtains for your deck. Here's the ones that Lowes has: Roll up shade at Search Results

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Nov 26, 2023

    Build a screen around leaving access and grow something up it. That way it will bring the eye down and not up!

  • As Betsy said, the short answer is you can’t but if you can put up a trellis or pergola of sorts with a ceiling aspect, that might diffuse some of the view.

  • Deb K Deb K on Jan 05, 2024

    Hi Cindy, I would put a lattice surround on the deck& plant vines on it or put tall plants on the deck to draw the eyes to the plants not the power tower

  • Betsy Betsy on Jan 05, 2024

    Hi Cindy: The only thing I can suggest is to put some sort of curtain on your balcony to hide the view. Perhaps something that is silky and sort of see-through so that you have some sort of view. Maybe something that you can tie back on occasion. Or, even lattice would work.