Ideas for a Low-Cost Privacy Fence in the Backyard
Plant trees along the perimeter of your property.
Consider this evergreen privacy fence concept if you have a larger yard (and funds). If you're patient, trees and plants may form excellent fences. Fast-growing trees like arborvitaes can reach any desired height in a few of years, providing a natural barrier between your property and your neighbor's. Furthermore, planting a tree is simple and inexpensive, requiring only a few shovels, some dirt, and the tree itself.
Construct a Living Wall
Hang multiple flower boxes from a lattice screen or other frame to create a simple living wall. Fill the boxes with soil and your favorite greenery. Choose bigger, bushy plants as the main tenants of your boxes for the most coverage. Consider using trailing plants to fill in the gaps between the boxes. This backyard privacy idea comes with the added benefit of enlarging your gardening space for those of us with green thumbs.
Use Extra-Large Planters
Purchase a number of large planters and fill them with tall, ornamental grasses or flowers. Arrange the planters in a row along a piece of your porch or another place where some screening is required. This is essentially a less expensive variant of the traditional (but more expensive) usage of bushes to create a privacy fence.
Use outdoor curtains to encircle your patio.
Simply drape your outdoor curtains around your porch, patio, or other seating area using a rope, wire, or rods. You can hang your curtains from trees, porch railings, or any other solid fixture in your yard. Wherever additional support is required, simple wooden posts can be hammered into the ground. Drive wooden posts into the ground and secure the rod or wire to them for added support. Backyard privacy curtains are simple to make and give your yard a distinct flair.
Construct a Privacy Screen
A few old doors, either painted to match or left in their natural color, can be used to create a quirky yet functional privacy screen. To make a folding screen, simply connect the hinges on each one. The same may be said for old shutters or, more correctly, antique screens. The possibilities are unlimited with a little imagination.
Install a Low-Cost Lattice Fence
Only a few wooden posts or boards, depending on how solid you want your fence to be, and enough lattice to cover them are required for this project. You may easily paint or stain the lattice to match the color of your house or yard furnishings before putting the fence together. If you prefer a more classic privacy fence, this DIY project is as easy—and inexpensive—as it gets.