Backyard and Front Yard Privacy
by Mary Ann
We bought a big house, quite plain on the outside and very close to neighbors, which i am not accustomed to. The people across the street watch us all the time, I believe on camera too. There is also a common area - it has a golf course lake behind the house.
The HOA is very strict in this area. I was looking for ideas that could possible be passed by the HOA for privacy in the front yard and some in the back yard.
When we bought, the back yard had a wood fence about 50' on each side - giving privacy to everybody on their patios and a little more. The guy next door insisted we were breaking the HOA rules, even though they were there when we bought the house. We had them taken down to get along with the neighbors.
I am very sorry for that mistake. The HOA said to get signatures of both neighbors and they would approve the fence to go back up. One side signed, the other side refuses. A real estate agent said(we are in MCKINNEY TX) the HOA had to let me put them back as they were grandfathered into the original house and on the blue prints. But if they say no, can you think of any ideas aside from my slow growing bushes to get myself some privacy?
Front yard may be harder - everything, even the type of trees, has to
be approved. We don't have a lot of money, but thought of adding a front porch. However, the west heat would still probably get to us sitting outside - any more ideas for front yard with height?
I will have to get photos of the house.
Thank you, Mary AnnANSWER
I don't know how large your property is and therefore how much spce you have for plantings.Backyard Privacy
Arborvitae fastigiata should grow in your area. These are evergreen trees that get to be about 8' to 10' wide at mature size (which takes quite awhile). These could be placed on the one side where the neighbors' are refusing to let you re-install fencing. Can you spare the 8' to 10'?
You could also plant a pretty ornamental tree along the way in front of these evergreen trees for contrast.
As far as the front goes, I don't know your HOA rules or again, how large your front yard is. You might consider doing a mixed planting with ornamental trees and evergreen shrubs that get tall, such as Hollies.
Both the trees and the shrubs would provide privacy in the summer. In the winter, the trees would lose there leaves, but you would still have screening from the evergreen shrubs, particularly if they are a tall variety. You could also use the same Arborvitae as the back for all year screening, but I think the first suggestion would be more creative and pretty.