You can change many things in your backyard to make it more beautiful, serene and welcoming to guests. Unfortunately, some times there is nothing you can do about the second story neighbors next door that take smoke breaks on their balcony every time you’re sunbathing, or that uber-bright multi-colored 40 foot high play set.
There are a few things you can do, though, aside from moving far far away from your neighbors. You can hire a landscape designer or architect to create backyard landscape designs customized to your space and needs. Though, if you are a do-it-yourself type of person or on a tight budget, you can create a natural privacy screen with just the help of your local garden center.
Step number one is to lay out where you want your privacy screen. Start with a quick sketch on paper of your backyard. If you have the measurements of your backyard, note them in your sketch.
To create this natural screen, you will want to plant a row of trees that will grow into a “wall of green” that will become a tall hedge. Take your backyard landscape designs to your garden center or nursery and find a knowledgeable person who can spend some time with you. Tell them you are creating a natural privacy screen with evergreen trees (which will stay green throughout the year). You should ask for planting, watering, pruning regimens and the spacing requirements of each tree variety, which will determine how many you will need.