All of us want to have at least a little bit of privacy in our own gardens. No one likes nosey neighbours peeking into our gardens and watching our every move. How to cover yourself from the neighbours in a way that does not affect the garden’s appearance?

The lightness of Perspex

If we care more about protection against wind and noise rather than an optical barrier, we can use a colourless glass screen as a garden cover barriers or plastic, dividing the space but without the visual restriction. This solution will also work well in a small garden – it will blend into the scenery.

On the market we can find various plastic panels (polycarbonate, acrylic, with a polyester base or PCV). The screen will be more durable if we rigidify it with a wooden or metal frame. When it comes to a visual barrier, we can use panels – colourful or metal – fitting with modern arrangements.

A panel of possibilities

Fencing panels – solid or fishnet – made out of various materials (e.g. wood or wicker) can also be used. An interesting solution is the use of Panel blinds with horizontal wooden battens with an adjustable gradient angle, allowing for more or less light and wind to go through, and restricting the view. These panels can be bought or made yourself (e.g. using planks, slabs, old doors). In order for them to be stable, we anchor them using steel spikes, hammered into the ground (available in DIY stores), which we use to insert the panel posts.

Out of recycling

When the space is limited, it’s wise to add extra functionality to the cover, e.g. make into a bug house. In that case we need to use elements that are suitable for our flying friends, such as hollow stalks laid flat or tree stumps with holes drilled in. Another Idea is to transform the cover into a flowerbed or herb garden (we just need to fit in some shelves for the plant pots), a photo gallery etc.

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Natural covers

In other words, plant based. Their disadvantage is that they grow quite slowly. Therefore, excluding planting a big kind of plant, in order to effectively cover ourselves we need to wait a few years. Other than that, they only have Advantages. Well, it is worth mentioning that you need to take care of them, groom and trim them. Natural covers have three basic groups, as I observed. Ignoring the details and kinds, I group them as: deciduous, coniferous and mixed (irregular) hedges.

Overall, we can say that the coniferous hedges provide cover all year round, while with deciduous hedges it depends. There are winter kinds, but more often than not, the winter cover will be weak. We need to consider this while selecting plants to cover ourselves from the roads or neighbours.

Another characteristic of natural, hedge covers is that they are planted independently from the current, permanent fencing. Most commonly on the inside of our plot. It may not be that important, however it can cause some Issues in smaller plots.