What to do with backyard

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We need help to create a nice shaded, usable space in backyard. Used to have 2 trees which provided lots of shade, but they became diseased. Also want to block neighbor's view of our yard and need something tall, a structure or plantings along fence (which would be on the left).
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  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jun 29, 2018
    Hi there, First thought, why don't you replace the trees with maybe Fruit trees. Could make an Arbour or build a summerhouse, Place Trellis on top of fence. Grow a hedge maybe?

  • Kelly-n-Tony Kelly-n-Tony on Jun 29, 2018
    For privacy and shade how about this....I see you have a large frame of some sort straight back in your photo that is much taller then the fence. Can you move it so that it's in the area of yard that would block your neighbors view? Then you can string wire across it and grow heavy vining greenery to fill up that frame completely. In the summer with full growth it would provide the privacy from the neighbors eyes and also some shade. A bench or seating area could be there also. If you were inclined you could create a patio area there with patio squares.

    • Jane Jane on Jul 03, 2018

      Hi, that is a trellis and morning glories grow up it in the summer. I considered moving it but it still wouldn't be wide enough to block neighbor's view, plus I would love to have year round privacy and living in zone 5, which limit choices.

  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Jun 29, 2018
    Fences made out of lattice always seem like such a nice idea to create privacy! If you stand them up to their full 8 feet you could then also use them as anchors for hanging fabric to create more shade. The lattice will make a great place for climbing vines as well!

  • Bijous Bijous on Jun 30, 2018
    Hi Jane, first decide on a budget for the things you want to do. Then divide your backyard into three sections, right, middle and left. If your privacy is the most important thing, start on that first. Make a living fence. Construct large wooden planters and plant Italian cypress. Buy the largest cypress you can afford. Install drip lines in your planters and it will be easy to maintain. Then go on to your next section of yard. Good luck.

  • Darline Darline on Jun 30, 2018
    I have a neighbor that uses his yard, as a landfill. I plan to use my heavy duty plastic lattice panels with the 8' vertical so that I can block his yard and enjoy my patio. Initially, it will be just the lattice, I will plant some deer resistant vines or shrubs soon. You have a lovely area to work with and glance at a few pictures online to get some more ideas! Be happy you don't have a landfill behind you. I have reported this man, the city has been on his situation. Cleans it up and refills it. A city councilman is also his next door neighbor, but only sees the end of his monstorous barn structure that he built to house all his purchases from storage units.

  • Jane Jane on Jul 03, 2018

    So sorry you have to deal with that. I guess my situation could be worse. I hope yours improves. We should all have the ability to walk outside and enjoy the outdoors in our own backyard!!