Having a front yard that you enjoy and love looking at can greatly increase your appreciation for where you live. However, for many the front yard can pose some issues. The truth of the matter is many people would like to improve the privacy of their front yard for a variety of reasons. Some landscaping ideas for front yard privacy include:
- Enhanced Fencing
- Vertical Gardens
- Tiered Planting
- Laser-cut screens
- A Higher Terrace
1. Enhanced Fencing
Fencing can be great method to improve privacy for a front yard. Choose a tall fence then add some detailing to it to make it more visually appealing. The decorations can include hanging some plants on it or placing sculptures in front of it that blend with the fence material. These actions are also useful as they can be implemented at spots where maybe there is a gap in the fence.
Lattice screens are a type of wooden fencing that have a grid decorative designs, which makes them the perfect alternative to high fences. They usually have openings in between the wood so they can’t be built very high unless you use concrete as the foundation to make them more stable. Since they don’t offer total privacy on their own, you can also use plants to block the spaces. Be careful when selecting your plants. A good example that will make looks pleasant in a front yard look is dwarf globe blue spruce, which is easy to maintain.
Lattice fencing is a good alternative for the above solid fencing mentioned above. Lattice may allow will not obscure your view completely. So if there is a sunset or view you are worried about loosing due to solid fencing then you don’t have to worry about it with lattice. Lattice fencing mighn’t give you full privacy, but it will certainly give you some and if there are certain spots of the lattice that makes your privacy particularly vunrable then you can always use plants as mentioned before.
3. Vertical Gardens
Vertical garden can look amazing, yet many people like do notuse them. This may give you the perfect opportunity to make your front yard look unique and breathtaking and still block the prying eyes of your passerby.
There are some things to consider though before you take the dive and make a vertical garden in front of your house. Firstly, make sure sunlight can reach them. Secondly, make sure the plants have ample root space to grown in. If not, then this could hinder the growth of the plants. Another thing to consider is that you don’t want moisture or dampness to occur between the space of the vertical garden and the structure that’s supporting it. Hence, make sure some airflow can get into this space.
Vertical gardens offers more flexibility because you can remove the plants or exchange them.
4. Tiered Planting
This is another great idea for landscaping a front yard for privacy using plants. You will use planters that can rest on top of one another. If they are placed at the front of your house they can offer another layer of privacy, especially once the plants begin to grow in length.
The bottom planter should of course be the largest. If it doesn’t contain drainage holes then add some yourself. Bricks or other solid supports should be added to the center of the planter, as a way to provide support to the planter above it. Please note, the top planter won’t need support bricks inside it.Add small rocks or gravel at base so roots can get much needed air and then simply add your soil mix on top of that. Repeat all these steps for each planter and stack them on top of one another.
To make your tiered planter special, use plants that bloom all year round. Hibiscus, Amaryllis Royal Velvet and Candytuft are potentially good options for you to consider. However, always think about the climate you live in when you are thinking about growing plants.
5. Laser-cut screens
This is the perfect way to spruce up your front yard, especially if your Home Owners Association doesn’t allow any fencing. The laser-cut screen can be customized to form any pattern, and the partitions are portable. You can either buy ready-made ones or have yours made according to your liking. The panel designs are available in different styles, just like the design cuts.
The screen’s structure means they are susceptible to the wind, so you may have to set a stronger foundation for them. The fact that they only cover smaller sections can also be a disadvantage if you have a big yard. In saying that, they could serve you perfectly if there are only a couple of open gaps in your front yard that you wish to block.
A pergola is mostly known to be part of a patio, but when built strategically, it can help add privacy to a home. You can extend the areas around the pergola to create a more intimate space that you can share with your family. On the sides, you can place curtains or bamboo to block the view. You can also create the top section to acquire shade.
Consider also using plants that can grow or hang over the sides of your pergola. This will help to block the view of people looking into it. Some plants that could work great for this option include grapevines, wisteria and climbing roses.
Keep in mind to work with your landscaper to choose an option that fits within your budget.
7. A Higher Terrace
Sometimes a wooden wall or fence doesn’t offer a lot of privacy. Raise a terrace’s walls could be a better option for many. You’ll get a place to enjoy your mealtimes with your family without worrying about being watched by your neighbor.
All these ideas on landscaping a front yard for privacy are easy to implement and maintain. However, the type you choose will depend on where you live and the level of maintenance it will need. You may be able to implement some of the ideas yourself, but it is always better to get professional help if you can afford it. When you consult a landscaping expert, you reduce the chances of making costly mistakes, and you get professional advice that ensures your landscape idea remains in perfect shape for a very time. Hopefully, even if the ideas suggested in this article aren’t compatible for your front yard, you might consider them for other areas of your property like the sides and the backyard.