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Old 04-01-17, 08:43 PM
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Advice needed on privacy solutions.

Hi all. I just bought my first home in December and I've got a ton of work to do in the yard. I need help coming up with ideas on creating a barrier between my yard and my neighbors in addition to our chain link fence. They have five kids under the age of ten. The kids are constantly teasing my dogs through the fence and throwing food and stuff over the fence. I spoke to the parents but they didn't really care. Instead of confronting them and possibly having a bad relationship with them, I'd like to create a barrier for privacy. The neighbors on the opposite side of the yard put up a privacy fence. We planted legustrums and other fast growing bushes at the back of the yard to block that side. The problem is it's a large area to cover. I feel like putting more bushes there would leave the yard feeling cluttered or closed in or I'd feel like I'd have to put them on all three sides. I've thought about doing a couple of small raised garden beds for vegetables with trellises and other decor in between. The only problem is my yard is very hilly so I'm not quite sure how to go about that or how high I could safely make the beds. I also thought about vines but I'd want something that stays green as close to year round as possible. Something I can harvest is always a plus as well. I'm just not sure what to do. I'm in zone 7b or 8a. (7b kind of juts into 8a around where I'm located.) Any advice would be appreciated. Will post pics of I can figure out how-to excuse the awful state of my yard. It was a MAJOR disaster when we moved in.
 
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It would be helpful to include dimensions. I lived in SC for awhile and had some crape myrtles that grew well. Other possibilities are hydrangea, honeysuckle, forsythia (which grows like a weed). I prefer bushes over a fence.
 
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It's midnight atm but I'll try and remember to get some tomorrow when I get home. It's pretty long. Do you think it would be weird to have bushes on two sides of the yard?
 
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I share some of your frustrations, Calah. We recently moved into a new (to us) home back in December. Nice home, but the previous home owners neglected the inside and outside, so I have a lot of home maintenance to catch up on. Likewise, I'm not to keen on my neighbors... They are nice enough, but their kids are driving me bonkers! leaving toys in my yard, bikes behind my vehicles in MY driveway, bothering our dog some, etc, and the parents don't seem to care.

We have looked into privacy fences, but the cost is semi-prohibitive, as we are expecting other home-costs plus baby on the way. A natural barrier as you already mentioned, might be the way to go if you are not able/wanting to invest in a privacy fence.

Also--might I recommend not worrying as much about upsetting the parents next door. They are the ones with the issue of letting their kids behave in that manner, not you. If they get hurt feelings over it--their problem!
 
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years ago I had the same problem.
a traditional fence was too co$tly.
anything with holes in it wouldn't do.
I forgot the name of the plant but it's basically shrubbery that's both cheap and grows really fast but doesn't attract the unwanted insects/wildlife.
if it were me I'd redirect my focus to that type of bush/hedge and if you don't get the answer here, go to the local mom&pop nursery and pose that question.
in my case the stuff grew faster than I would have had time to put up a fence
 
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Latticework can be used on the sides of a pergola to prevent vines from growing into the structure, training their climb to the roof. Some common vines like bougainvillea, Virginia creeper and wisteria are mostly found wrapped between and around latticework and trellises in gardens. Trellises and latticework can be incorporated into fencing solving your privacy issues with your neighbour.
 
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