Outdoor Privacy Solutions

We all like our privacy, but the result of solid fences can be a wind-free “dead zone” in your garden or backyard that overheats in the summer and makes it more difficult for plants to self-pollinate. Instead of planting a solid barrier against the wind, try using slatted screens and latticework that let the breezes pass through. You can accomplish a similar effect more sturdily with a tall chain link fence.

Any of these choices should be sufficient for your privacy needs, especially if you train fast-growing, viney plants like grape or clematis to grow up the barriers, filling in the larger gaps. While it may seem wide open until you can get your plants in place, it won’t actually take too long to fill in—and it’ll offer you an interesting opportunity to practice your gardening skills on something new.