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Aug 8, 2017 12:56 PM CST
Does anyone know where I can find a product or a way that provides privacy from my neighbor that looks beautiful, but also isn't a 8' tall fence?

I am trying to block off one side of my backyard from my neighbor (I have a low fence due to sloping landscaping), and would like to do so in a way that is not rude. I'd like this product to look beautiful :)

Does anyone have any recommendations?

Thank you!
Name: Karen
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Aug 8, 2017 1:33 PM CST
I had a situation like that at a former home. My husband built a tall, long rectangular trellis and I planted flowering vines on both sides of it. It was beautiful and blocked our view and their view. You could just purchase a few ready made trellises and put them together and plant with passion flower vines, or clematis, or whatever grows well in your area.
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Aug 8, 2017 2:04 PM CST
Thanks @plantmanager. That's a great idea using plants. I'm wondering if there are ways to do so without plants (since its seasonal, and there's a waiting time).

I wonder if needing privacy with a visually beautiful requirement is a common need, or is it just me?!
Name: Betty
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Aug 8, 2017 2:19 PM CST
There are expandable trellis that have faux greenery like ivy that might work for your application. I have not seen these in person so not sure if they look like real greenery, they might make an attractive screen.
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Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
Region: New Mexico Region: Arizona Cactus and Succulents Greenhouse Sempervivums Bromeliad
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Aug 8, 2017 2:28 PM CST
I was thinking you could put up the screening and while the plants grow, just hang ornaments on it or bird feeders, wind spinners, etc. I like everything outside to be attractive, but of course that is very subjective!
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Name: Carol
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Aug 8, 2017 2:32 PM CST
It's not just you. I have issues with my neighbors being to close, and being slobs. I'm tired of looking at their trashy yard and their back porch with rags Etc. that have been there for over a year. I already put up a 6' fence, but to hide their porch, I'm just growing anything that will block my view in large pots.
Name: Deb
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Aug 8, 2017 2:42 PM CST
I've seen some real impressive fencing done with rolls of bamboo. If you have a Pinterest account, just search for 'bamboo privacy fence' and you will get tons of hits.
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Aug 8, 2017 2:52 PM CST
My friend had a low chain link fence between them and their nosy, trashy neighbor. He built what he calls his Trump Wall. (LOL) Basically, he cemented in 6x6's post in as you would a fence, but he put on horizontal 2 x 10's. His wall angles slightly and looks like and art piece as it does not go all the way to the ground nor is it 8 ft tall. They decorate it with banners for kids' birthdays and have started growing vines up it. Best of all they can't see the nieighbor's unkempt yard and he can't peek over at them.
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Aug 10, 2017 3:16 PM CST
Are you looking to make the fence itself taller? Or maybe just add stuff 'in front' of it? Someone somewhere posted a link that I can't find. But I remember that the link pointed to Pinterest. Anyway, looking there just now, I saw some great ideas. Some will depend on your 'style' as in modern, funk, somewhere in between? Most of the ideas (except for the more modern styles) are done by repurposing things. Some use pallets, some use old doors (yes), and saw some using bamboo
Some actually use mirrors but if you choose that option, be careful about placement due to sun and be aware that birds, especially baby birds, can fly into them and break their little beaks or worse. (oh, no!)

Oh. Sorry. I see where Bonehead already mentioned the 'bamboo privacy fences' search on Pinterest.

But you can do a more generic search on Pinterest for 'garden fences' or ' privacy screens' or or pretty much anything.

If you don't have a Pinterest account, as I recall, it's free and easy to set up.

Haven't tried to just use google, but I think you'll see more ideas faster on Pinterest.

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