Backyard Privacy Ideas Freestanding Screens No need to look over a chain-link fence at your neighbor’s pool — a few well-placed screens made from low-cost salvaged shutters are a shabby chic solution. Because they’re freestanding, they can be taller than fence-height restrictions mandated by local building codes.
Backyard Privacy Ideas Fence Cover Up Chain-link fences may be sturdy and low-cost, but they’re not an attractive way to define property lines. The remedy? This homeowner planted burning bush along the chain-link fence separating her yard from a neighbor’s. Four years later, a lush green hedge covers the steel mesh. Other possibilities: clematis, rose of sharon, and trumpet vine. Be sure to tell your neighbor if you plan to plant vines that’ll grow up both sides of the fence.
A lattice fence and arborvitae provide an attractive low-cost solution. Shown here is the Eastern arborvitae (Thuija occidentalis), which will eventually grow to about 20 to 30 feet high and 10 to 12 feet wide.