In a perfect world, all of our back gardens would be safe spaces in which we could cast adrift our troubles and relax without worrying about the glare of prying eyes. But this isn’t a perfect world and people (particularly certain neighbours) can be nosy.
That’s why fencing is such a common garden accessory for many homes in the UK, with quality fence panels among the most popular items found at any local hardware store. But fencing is something that needs to be properly planned and considered rather than just thrown up without a second thought.
Use too much and you can make your space seem claustrophobic and use too little and you might as well not have any up at all. As such, here are a few tips to help you create a nice private garden space with fencing.
Think about the design
It may surprise you to learn that fencing comes in a wide variety of styles and materials. From simple wooden slats to concrete pillars and natural hedging, there are dozens of options, each offering a unique look and atmosphere. Think about the kind of effect you’re going for with your garden and the level of privacy you desire. A nice blend of different styles can complement each other nicely and could allow you to create a pleasing privacy screen without resorting to bland barricades.
Get the right height
When you want privacy at different levels, perspective is crucial. If you have a fence that blocks you from the view outside then you are essentially shooting yourself in the foot. You need to find the ideal balance between privacy and aesthetics. If you have pets that might try to escape, you should also ensure your fences are at least 6 feet tall.
Don’t make fences when plants will work
Sometimes homeowners will put up fences that are 6-8 feet high to create privacy but that can cultivate negative feelings between neighbours and leave the garden feeling boxy. Walls make us feel blocked in whereas plants help the space feel more organic. So, if you can perhaps use a hedge or a nice trellis as a fence, it might help the space feel more alive.
A fence is not enough to block wind or sound
Many people are surprised to learn that fences do not block traffic noise or strong winds. That’s why it’s always worth adding plants to your fencing to absorb the sound. Indeed, when air moves up and over a fence it can amplify a sound rather than reduce it.
Don’t be afraid to experiment
A great garden is always evolving and will change with the seasons. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different fencing options and live with them for a while. Because you might not know what you really want until you’ve had six months to appreciate it.