my neighbours cut down the tall pine trees that gave me privacy and built a fence. Their yard is a higher elevation than mine. Now they like to sit out and watch my back yard most of the day, and I find it unnerving. I would like to plant a privacy hedge, and was considering bamboo. It needs to be able to grow at least 12 feet tall or more. Do you have a suggestion. I live in Barrie ON zone 5
Unfortunately, this is an all too common problem for many people living in urban areas. There are a few things you could consider, such as:
- Tall Plantings such as Bamboo or Columnar Beech Trees planted close together to form a hedge. A word of warning, Bamboo can be very invasive and difficult to keep in cultivation so before planting this, other options should be closely considered.
- Soft landscaping such as tiered plantings or vertical beds with creepers.
- Hardscaping such as a fence trellis, lattice screens, raised garden beds or a pergola to give your patio privacy.
- Moveable screening such as sails, roll up shades, privacy panels or use of curtains.
Before making any rash decisions, consultation with a reliable, creative, knowledgeable landscape architect or landscape designer is strongly advised. If you do not know such a professional, contact Landscape Ontario for recommendations in your area, link to their website is below:
Also, before building any form of permanent structure, check your local building codes for specifications and obtain all relevant permits.