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Landscaping for backyard privacy and noise reduction.

March 13, 2023

Landscaping for backyard privacy and noise reduction is an important consideration for many homeowners. Whether you live in a busy city or a quiet suburb, creating a peaceful outdoor oasis can make a big difference in how much time you spend in your outdoor living spaces. By strategically selecting trees, plants, and other elements, you can create a beautiful and functional backyard that provides privacy and reduces unwanted noise.


Fencing is undoubtedly the quickest way to achieve backyard privacy and noise reduction. This is especially true in areas where noise pollution is a problem, such as near a busy street or highway. A solid fence or wall can help absorb sound and provide a physical barrier to reduce noise level and drastically reduce visibility. When selecting fencing or wall materials, consider both the aesthetic and functional aspects of your choice. However, depending on your budget, neighborhood, or HOA restrictions, putting up a fence might not always be an option.  

Trees & Shrubs

Aside from building a fence, one of the most effective ways to create backyard privacy is by planting trees or tall shrubs. These natural barriers can block the view of neighbors or busy streets, while also providing shade and beauty to your outdoor space. When selecting trees or shrubs for privacy, it’s important to choose species that are well-suited to your climate and growing conditions. Evergreens are by far the most popular choice as they are fast growing and provide year-round privacy. Some additional popular options include:

  • Holly Trees
  • Willow and Willow Hybrid
  •  Deciduous trees – like maple and oak.

The following plants and hedges climb to towering heights that can also be used to enhance privacy: 

  • Forsythia
  • Boxwood
  • Azalea
  • Spirea
  • Evergreen shrubs

Strategically Place Structures & Outdoor Gathering Areas

Another important factor to consider is the placement of outdoor features such as patios, decks, and pools. These features can be focal points of your backyard, but they can also attract attention and reduce privacy. By positioning these elements away from busy streets or neighboring properties, you can create a more secluded and private outdoor space. Additionally, adding landscaping features such as hedges, trees, or tall grasses around these areas can further enhance privacy and reduce noise levels. The addition of a pergola, trellis, or privacy wall adorned in vining plants is an ideal way to create soft barriers that reduce visibility. 

Whether you’re looking to create a relaxing retreat or simply want to enjoy your backyard without the distractions of noise and neighbors, investing in landscaping for privacy and noise reduction can make a big difference in how much you get out of your outdoor living spaces this summer.

Thinking about calling in professionals? We do this for a living! Call and schedule a consultation with an experienced member of our team to create a custom landscaping plan to add privacy and noise reduction for your backyard.