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Whether you practice your dance moves in the yard, love nude sunbathing, or just crave a bit of solitude, there are endless good reasons for wanting a privacy fence. But a hulking, opaque fence may feel a bit too unfriendly. Here are some things to think about when you’re landscaping your privacy fence.

First, the Rules

Even if you dream of a 12-foot fence to keep your neighbors from peeking into your yard, most communities have rules about fence height. For folks living in Dallas, that means you can only build a four-foot fence around your front yard, and nine feet in the back. Different rules might apply if you’re in a historic district. In Fort Worth, if you want to build a solid fence that tops six feet, or an open fence taller than eight feet, you’ll need to apply for a permit. Front yard fences can only be four feet tall, and must feature an open design with no more than 50% density. Be sure you check your local regulations before proceeding.
Wood Lattice Work privacy fence

Strategic trees and bushes for privacy

So, you’ve decided to build a four foot fence in front and a six-foot fence in your backyard. If you have certain views you want to block from passers-by – say, the armchair where you like to relax and read the paper – consider whether the strategic planting of a tree or some tall bushes such as arbor vitae would do the trick. For large yards, the fast-growing English laurel tops off at about 20 feet high and 20 feet wide. A shade-loving yew grows about as tall, but is only three to five feet wide. Ask your nursery worker about the best tree for your soil and the amount of sun your yard offers.

Soften a tall fence

Details such as wide capping can soften the harsh lines of a privacy fence. Adding other elements like a bench, garden sculpture or a birdbath in front of the fence also break up the relentless line.
Plants can make a big difference in curb appeal. Climbing roses are a super-pretty way to soften a fence. Clumps of ornamental grasses add visual interest.

Have it both ways

At Buzz, we believe you can have it both ways: Your fence can shield you from the outer world, and still be beautiful. If you want to get serious about your privacy without sacrificing style, call us today. We’ll be happy to put our heads together.

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