Ways to make our patio more private?

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Old 03-27-10, 11:32 AM
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Ways to make our patio more private?

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The blue spruces were planted parallel to the street that we live on by the previous owner. As you can see we lost most of our backyard because of it. Now we are looking for ways to make it more private.

We have a small 10x10 patio with no room at all on the sides to build much. We live next to a busy street. The previous owner planted the blue spruces parallel to the street and not the home so it took 80% of our backyard away....We don't know how to make it look more appealing and more private.
 
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Old 03-27-10, 02:46 PM
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Transplant the spruce round the patio?
You say you have no room around the patio to build much. That confuses me. From the arial view (cool- that'll come in handy when planning anything!) it looks like you could flank it with a pergola.
 
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Old 03-27-10, 06:16 PM
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Transplant the spruce round the patio?
You say you have no room around the patio to build much. That confuses me. From the arial view (cool- that'll come in handy when planning anything!) it looks like you could flank it with a pergola.
Problem is when the bad weather comes in we take a direct hit when we have high winds, hail, etc......the last thing I need there is a Pergola.... The spruces would grow too much into it too.

Plus my understanding is that it's not a good idea to build a deck to the right of our patio because the spruces roots need water and air, is this correct?
 
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Old 03-28-10, 04:17 PM
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I only looked at the arial view. Those are some big spruces. Ixnay on the "transplant the spruces" suggestion.

I don't know. Whatever would aid in creating more privacy around the patio doesn't neccassarily need to be right on top of it like I was thinking.
Maybe sit down at the patio and look at the areas that you feel leave the area exposed. Then ask what would fit that area.
 
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I only looked at the arial view. Those are some big spruces. Ixnay on the "transplant the spruces" suggestion.

I don't know. Whatever would aid in creating more privacy around the patio doesn't neccassarily need to be right on top of it like I was thinking.
Maybe sit down at the patio and look at the areas that you feel leave the area exposed. Then ask what would fit that area.
I was thinking about making a seat wall, plant holders, area
for a grill and then I would stain the cement patio.
 
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Old 03-29-10, 04:42 PM
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See and that would add functionallity to the patio and also withstand bad weather. That sounds like a GREAT idea.


I'm glad I could ...help?!
 
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I'm thinking of a screen of hops bines. They can grow along a fence line or some cable/rope. One bine can grow 20 feet vertically and are easily trained to grow on horizontal things like fences. They are very fast growin (6" per day) and die back to the roots during the winter and... they make hops. They would provide a nice dense "green" fence, and because they grow so long they can be planted elsewhere and trained to grow where you want them. If you don't like how it works you can move the fence/ropes and have the hops grow somewhere elese next season.
 
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