How to Hide an Air Conditioner How to Hide an Air Conditioner

What You'll Need
Dwarf boxwood
Screen kit

While you are sure to enjoy your air conditioning, you may not always want to look at the outdoor unit. Knowing how to hide an air conditioner will allow you to make your yard or landscaping more attractive. Armed with the right knowledge, you will easily be able to hide the unit.

Step 1 – Plan to Plant a Shrub

A good way to hide your unit and add some greenery to your yard at the same time is to plant a dwarf boxwood. The shrub grows to be about 3 to 4 feet tall, which is the perfect height to hide a air conditioner. Simply measure the area around the unit. You want for there to be at least 2 feet between the shrub and the unit to give room for air flow and repairs. Also keep in mind that you need a entry point from which you can access the unit.

The best time to plant your new shrub is in the early spring after the last frost. The earlier in the spring you plant, the more chance the plants gets to set down good roots.

Step 2 – Plant the Shrub

Dig a hole large enough to accommodate the roots of the shrub you bought. Make sure the hole is deep enough before planting the shrub. Before covering the roots, mix the dirt with potting soil in order to make sure the dirt is rich in nutrients for your new plant. Cover the roots tightly with the dirt in order to keep the shrubs upright. In some cases, you may need to add stakes and twine in order to keep the shrub in place. Hammer stakes into the ground and wind string tightly around the stake and to the center of the shrub.

Step 3 – Water and Trim Hedges

Tto keep your shrubs healthy, make sure you regularly trim and water them. Water at least twice a week, and trim about once a month in the summer and every other month in the winter. Trimmings can be used for mulch and in order to make decorations for the home. Make sure the limbs are not closing the gap between the shrub and the unit. Remember, you need enough room for any repairs which will be made to your unit.

Step 5 – Install a Screen

If you do not like the idea of adding a plant to your yard, consider adding a screen. Your home improvement store sells screen kits that  are designed for easy use. All you need to to is dig the holes the posts will sit in. Install the posts and span the screen between them. Choose a color of screen that will mix well with the rest of your yard. Screens come in many different colors and styles to suit your needs.

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