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Inexpensive Ways To Add Privacy To A Backyard

Do you like to spend time in your backyard? Maybe you like reading, listening to music, or chatting with family members outside on the patio where you can enjoy the breeze. But though you love your backyard, do you ever wish you had a bit more privacy there? If so, I have a few suggestions for how you can enjoy more privacy in your backyard without breaking the bank.

Grow a Living Fence

When you grow a living fence for privacy, you have a lot of attractive design options and plant types available to you. You can go with forsythia, juniper, or lilac, just to name a few. Time, patience, and maintenance are definitely requirements for growing a living fence, so keep that in mind as you decide if this is the option for you.

A Wall of Shrubs and Trees

One of the biggest advantages of creating a privacy wall with trees is that your wall is ever-changing. Your yard becomes more interesting and beautiful as the years go on! In addition, planting a wall of trees or shrubs is environmentally friendly. I like the idea of birds, squirrels, and other animals making their homes in a living wall.

A disadvantage of having a privacy wall made of trees is that it will take some time to grow. Also, depending on the types of trees or shrubs you choose, you have to trim and maintain them so they continue to look attractive.

Large Potted Plants

Put a few containers of bamboo plants on your patio and you can enjoy a living privacy fence that’s 15 to 25 feet tall! These potted plants are drought-tolerant and low-maintenance and are available for a reasonable price.

Other ideas for large potted plants to help with patio privacy include:

  • Butterfly bushes
  • Lilac bushes (a compact variety)
  • Horsetail plants

Potted plants do need a certain amount of care, which can be a disadvantage to this option.

A Trellis

A trellis is an attractive way to get more privacy on your patio. There are many climbing plants that can grow on your trellis, including mandevilla, morning glories, clematis, and wisteria. Depending on its size and design, you may be able to move your trellis to different locations on your patio to meet your needs. A trellis is an inexpensive purchase to make, and you can find them in all designs and sizes.

A Pergola

Get a pergola to put in your backyard and you have an instant, private getaway that’s close to home! Add some honeysuckle, wisteria, or jasmine to your pergola and you’ll have a lovely, fragrant area all your own.

Add a DIY Privacy Screen

You can make your own privacy screen by setting up a couple of pallets on one side of your patio to use as a vertical garden. Or you could set up some large lattice panels to obscure the view of your patio. If you have somewhere to attach a curtain rod, you can hang curtains on one or all sides of your patio. A DIY privacy screen is a great option for someone living in an apartment or renting a home because you can easily take it down when you decide to move on to your next home.

Build a Traditional Wall

Of course, you could take the plunge and build a wall around your patio, carport, or entire property for privacy. There are pros and cons to the different types of material used for walls.



If you want a traditional look for your property, then wood is a good bet. It’s inexpensive and can be painted to suit your color preferences.


Wood is vulnerable to insect and weather damage over time. Also, you’ll need to stain it again or repaint it in a few years.



Vinyl fencing is durable, and it’s available in many colors and styles. This material needs very little maintenance over the years and is relatively inexpensive.


If a vinyl fence is installed wrong, it can sag or appear crooked.

Corrugated Metal


A corrugated metal fence is less expensive than a wood fence. It’s durable and needs little maintenance.


This type of material can be unattractive unless you add wood framing or choose a unique style.



A brick fence is low-maintenance and durable. Plus, this type of fence is attractive in a traditional way.


Brick is expensive, and if you end up with poor-quality bricks, they can deteriorate over time.

Are you ready to make your backyard your own private hideaway? Hopefully, these tips have helped a bit. Thanks for reading. – Alan

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