What would be the best looking and most functional way to create backy
kelvin145
October 23, 2013 in Design Dilemma
I live in Manitoba Canada so we have fairly harsh winters. My wife and I moved into a new house this past year and would like to work on our backyard next summer. We will be putting up a 6 ft fence around the backyard. This will offer some privacy but our neighbour next door has large dining room windows and a kitchen window looking over our backyard. What would be the best way to create privacy here. Thanks in advance for any and all ideas!
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kimdee24
Look at planting a row of Swedish Aspen... they grow fast, narrow and tall and if you plant them close together, they will create privacy. We use them a lot here in Edmonton.
October 23, 2013 at 8:56am     
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
Tall trees or a tall hedge should take care of that problem. Since I live in Austin, Texas, where we have mild winters, I cannot suggest species to you, but I bet someone else can.

October 23, 2013 at 8:57am   
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Margo
For immediate gratification;) rest arrow on pic to enlarge

October 23, 2013 at 9:01am     
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Margo
Or if you are desperate LOL nothing like a clothesline airing all your dirty laundry ;))

October 23, 2013 at 9:04am     
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DMH DESIGN
Whatever grows fast and narrow in your climate zone. Something that can be shaped as it grows, would be nice too, such that 'too tall' does not become an issue, beyond providing privacy.
October 23, 2013 at 9:23am   
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Dar Eckert
Well, I would suggest a combination of plants and fence. Maybe you can just put two or three sections of fence along that side to block the neighbors view. So you could do something creative and make a more extravagant fence since you only have a couple of sections needed. Check out privacy fences on Houzz. Along with the fence consider shrubs and trees placed strategically to give you the privacy you want. I could see a snowball bush placed in the corner by the deck. They get about 12 feet tall and round so plant accordingly but they have wonderful flowers in early spring and are very dense. They are hardy in Minnesota (zone 3). Other choices might be lilac, Amur maple, ornamental crabs or pines. Check with your local nursery.

Good luck.

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October 23, 2013 at 9:35am   
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Margo
LOL
October 23, 2013 at 9:55am     
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Margo
OH MY
October 23, 2013 at 10:12am   
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jannaanderson
work with your neighbor. they want privacy, too.
October 23, 2013 at 10:18am   
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Are you limited to 6' in total height for your fence? Can you have a lattice above that would support Ivy or flowering perennials, perhaps to 8' in height--would that be enough for the privacy you seek?
October 23, 2013 at 11:20am   
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