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Old 10-13-2008, 10:49 PM   #1
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What's a creative way to make your backyard private so that your neighbor's cannot see it from their 2nd story window? The backyard is only viewable from their window on the side of the house.

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Old 10-13-2008, 11:02 PM   #2
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When you can't build a fence tall enough, landscaping would have to do it. Around here, arborvitae trees are popular for this application.

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ask your neighbour to install a privacy/decorative window film. HD sells them.

hey, you wanted creative

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Old 10-13-2008, 11:36 PM   #4
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C'mon now Knucklez - imagine if your neighbor told you "can you please put this film on your window so you can't see my backyard?"



Yeah, they probably will think your crazy. I do give you credit for being "creative" though.

And thekctermite - I checked out the pic of the tree you were talking about and it seems like a good choice (that is, if it grows well in Texas too). But how long would it take to grow tall enough?
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Just dont do anything back there your neighbors shouldnt see!! Like naked sunbathing etc. Is that creative or NON creative??? Okay,,,people tell me I am a bore!!!
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Leyland Cypress - they grow approx 3' per year.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leyland_Cypress
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If you are really upset with the situation, here is an "off the wall" suggestion. -

Put a couple of poles in the ground about as high as the window. String a coarse poly net between and plant a fast growing ivy tolerant for your climate. It is not a fence and is not as high as the neighboring house, so it would be difficult to find it illegal. You could also add a martin birdhouse on top so they could look into the second floor windows.
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I like the tree idea - Arbor Vitae or the Leyland Cypress. My only worry is the root growth. Being that it is close to the house and close to the fence, would we have the roots causing the fence to be pushed up, or worse - cracking the foundation.

I think the vine idea is great too. I am a big fan of vines so that would be a beautiful addition.

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