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cheapest way to privatize your yard without looking...cheap??

cr8tvlychalengd's picture
cr8tvlychalengd

Hello everyone. I am new here and this is my first question...although I'm not sure why THIS is my first question as we're renovating inside, not outside. But, for the future, I need to privatize my yard in the back.
Presently, the back is split between two neighbours and the side neighbours just moved in. The ones at the back do NOT want a fence, so asking them to split the cost of a fence is not an option. :( The lot spans 60 ft across and 120 long. One side has a fence along the side from our East neighbours. (ETA - I do not need along the sides 'fully' privatized. Maybe about 20-25 feet).

Any thoughts? Thanks in advance!

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cr8tvlychalengd's picture
cr8tvlychalengd

Sounds like some great ideas. I guess I need some pictures because it mostly sounds all foreign to me...I do not have a greenthumb AT ALL!!! :)
Does anybody have any pics of their own ideas or from some websites to offer here?

Thanks again!!

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puddlejumper

I've been trying to figure out the same type of thing - and itching for the snow to leave so I can get started! I bought 1/2 of a nice duplex last fall, with the understanding from my realtor that the people who lived in the other side owned it. I found out a few days after I moved in that they were renters, and the owner (who previously owned both sides) had cleaned up their side of the back yard prior to selling it. Since then, they've had an old mattress, car parts, etc., piling up back there all winter ....and I don't want to have to look at it this summer! There is a scrawny cedar hedge between the sides, but it doesn't stretch the whole length of the backyard, and I can totally see everything back there - not my idea of a backyard oasis!

I talked to the owner of the other side, and he is not willing to put out the $$ for 1/2 of the fence between the sides either, as he is planning on selling it (soon I hope!). So, I've come up with a fairly inexpensive plan to get me some much needed privacy for now. I'm going to put up 1-8ft lattice top fence panel at back of the property (where the hedge doesn't run to) - it will butt up against the retaining wall there. Then, from that fence panel to the house, I'm going to run rows of twine, with a few of those metal fence posts - I don't know how else to describe them, but we used them when I was growing up to fence the horse pastures, and they're fairly cheap - to hold the twine up. I'm going to grow a lovely, fast growing vine all along there (maybe scarlett runner beans - pretty and yummy!), and hopefully by the end of June, have a decent amount of privacy!

Of course, by the end of September, the privacy will be done with, but by then it's getting to chilly to spend much time out there anyway. All in all, I figure less than $250 to create a backyard to relax in!

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