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The Best Plants and Screens To Block Out Your Neighbours

Do you feel like you have no privacy at home? Affinity Property can help you block out nosy neighbours with our great tips on suitable plants and screens. Read more or contact us now. 

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Kyle Tether

Property Consultant



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The trend towards smaller block sizes and larger homes has made it easier for people to look inside your windows. If you’re worried about privacy, you should use only the best plants and screens to block out nosy neighbours. 

These plants and screens act as a physical barrier to stop prying eyes from peeking through your windows. They can also help block out sound. These tips are not just for owner occupiers. These strategies are important to know when selling or managing property , as prospective buyers or tenants may share your privacy concerns.

Upgrade Your Fence

If low-boundary fences don’t provide enough privacy, consider upgrading to a higher fence.

Check with your local council on the maximum height of fence allowed. In most states, fences under 1.8 metres high won’t require approval, providing they meet planning guidelines regarding styles and materials.

Keep in mind that the general rule is both neighbours need to contribute equally to the cost of a new fence, unless only one party prefers a higher quality fence than standard. In that case, the neighbour who wants the premium fence needs to fork out the extra cash to cover it. If you want to keep your existing fence but need more privacy, you can install a fence topper.

These panels can be selected to match your fence and add height to the boundary without the cost of building a new one.

Add A Privacy Screen

When it comes to screening ideas to block out neighbours, sometimes simple is best.

A privacy screen can be the perfect addition if you want to stop onlookers from peering inside your home. These privacy screens can be placed in your window, obstructing the view of anyone who might look inside.

If you still want to enjoy the morning sunshine through your window, they could have small gaps so light can get through, without sacrificing privacy.

Alternately, screens are made from wood, plastic, fabric, or some other material that makes them light and easy to move. This way, you can take down the screens and put them back up at your leisure. 

Grow A Natural Barrier

One of the best cheap ways to block neighbors view is through a natural barrier. 

A living screen not only prevents neighbours from peering in, but also adds a lush backdrop to your yard. Although a dense tree canopy is ideal for blocking views, large trees can take decades to mature and roots can crack concrete, block pipes, destabilise fences and sap nutrients and water from garden beds. To provide screening, a hedge is a better solution.

Although bamboo has a bad reputation for invading garden beds and becoming impossible to remove, this is largely due to homeowners selecting the wrong variety for their yards. One of the fastest-growing screening plants is bamboo. You can choose a variety that grows to your exact desired height, and small plants purchased from nurseries can provide screening in as little as six months, growing to full height in about two years.

For screening, choose clumping bamboo, as it has a neat upright growth habit and only sends new shoots up from the main growing clump. Avoid running bamboo, which sends out underground shoots and easily spreads into neighbouring yards.

Which are the best plants to block out neighbours?

The best plants and best trees  to block out neighbours include:

  • Slender weavers bamboo (Bambusa textilis ‘Gracilis’)
  • Lilly pilly (Syzygium smithii)
  • Photinia Red Robin (Photinia x fraseri)
  • Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Silver Song’
  • Magnolia grandiflora ‘Little Gem’

With so many options available, there is a plant to suit every type of house or property.

A popular Australian native plant for screening is lilly pilly, as it forms a tidy hedge and grows up to two metres per year once established. In fact, there is even a variety called Neighbours-Be-Gone, known for its use as a screening plant.

Fast-growing conifers such as Leyland Cyprus are commonly used to create dense screens and hedges, although at up to 15 metres high, overshadowing can be an issue if trees aren’t pruned regularly.

How To Block Out Noisy Neighbours

With any luck, a dense hedge can cut out a lot of the noise associated with loud neighbours, but if the residents next door are particularly annoying, you’ll need to think outside the box.

A water feature will make it easier to deal with noisy neighbours, as even though it might not block out the sound completely, it will provide you with a more peaceful sound to concentrate on.

Need help with your plant selection landscaping fencing landscape design garden ideas garden maintenance in North Brisbane

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