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Outdoor Privacy Ideas to Hide Ugly Views and Nosy Neighbors: Fence It In

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.

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Outdoor Privacy Ideas to Hide Ugly Views and Nosy Neighbors: Fence It In

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.

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this is what the lattice fence would look like except that ours would be 8 feet high and only four feet wide which would mean we'd have more white posts than this pic

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Planting for Privacy

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.

Fencing Cost Comparison. Fence Type Cost Per Foot Chain link fence $6-8 Wood - 4' tall $9 Wood - 6' tall $15 Vinyl $20 Wrought iron $20-30