How to Increase the Privacy of Your Backyard

Want to learn how to increase the privacy of your backyard? Everlast Services can help.

When you’re out in your backyard enjoying the sunshine and having a lovely, relaxing time, the last thing you want is to be interrupted by a nosy neighbour or feel self-conscious that someone might be spying on you.

If you want to be able to fully enjoy everything your backyard has to offer, there are many things that you can do that will help to increase its privacy and keep it out of sight from prying eyes. Here are some handy backyard privacy tips from the professionals at Everlast Services.

Choose the Perfect Fence

Some fences provide more privacy than others, which is why it’s important that you choose the right fence if you want your backyard to remain a private sanctuary. For example, slat fencing where the slats are placed with wide gaps between them will create very little privacy. Colorbond fencing, on the other hand, provides a completely solid and opaque fence that will prevent anyone from peeking through.

However, it’s also important to keep aesthetics in mind when choosing your fence. You don’t want a fence that will completely block out the sun and make your yard cold and dark. Striking a perfect balance can be tricky, but with so many fencing options available, you’re bound to find a fence that ticks all your boxes.

If you’re set on having a fence that has a lot of gaps, you can always partially fill these gaps with plants like ivy or tall shrubs strategically planted between the gaps. Not only will this provide you with privacy, this can also increase the beauty of your fence and garden.

Use Trees to Your Advantage

Planting trees that will increase your privacy may require long-term planning, but trust us, they’re worth the wait. Not only will they help to block the view from your street or your neighbours, but they will also provide natural shade and add aesthetic value by adding even more greenery to your garden.

We recommend that you plant deciduous shade trees that are fast growing. These kinds of trees can easily grow up to 20 metres tall, meaning that even your tallest neighbour on a ladder won’t have a view of your backyard. Just make sure you choose trees that will fit in your yard.


Hedges are nature’s fences. They can essentially provide your garden with a wall of green that is not only stunning but is also dense enough to increase your privacy. They also provide a beautiful backdrop against which other, smaller flowers and plants can be planted in front of.

When choosing a hedge, make sure you choose a variety that suits the climate you live in. Alternatively, there are other plant varieties that also grow well as hedges. For example, some evergreens grow densely enough to provide you with privacy. Just be warned, some evergreens are deciduous, meaning they will lose their leaves in winter. However, these varieties will often reward you in summer with blooming flowers.

Plant a Vertical Garden

Green walls and vertical gardens are a decorative way of creating a privacy partition around your backyard. An added bonus of vertical gardens is that they’re ideal for smaller yards. After all, they utilise space that would otherwise be left bare.

To build a vertical garden, you first need to create a scaffold or a frame to which you can attach your garden. You then need to add a foundation, which is fabric that your plants will live and grow from. Finally, you need to set up an irrigation system that allows water to reach every plant on your vertical garden.

When it comes to vertical gardens, it is also essential that you choose plants that will survive the position you place your vertical garden in. For example, if it’s a very sunny space, you need plants that won’t easily burn and shrivel. On the other hand, if it’s placed in a shady spot, you need to choose plants that don’t require excessive amounts of sunlight.

Need Help?

If you’re still unsure how to go about creating more privacy in your backyard, Everlast Services can help. With over 20 years of experience, we can tailor our advice to your specific home and taste. As well as designing your yard to provide privacy, we can make this vision a reality with our high-quality landscaping workmanship.

If you’re interested, contact us today and we can provide you with a free measure and quote.