A Backyard For Introverts

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You may love your neighbors and even like to socialize with them occasionally. But if you are an introvert, you prize your privacy above almost all else. You need to have spaces where you feel safe to dream, read, and relax. You can make your backyard such an oasis by taking some practical, neighbor-blocking steps.


You know the old saying about good neighbors and fences, and it still holds true today. A fence can define the property boundary line, protecting you and your neighbors from legal issues. It can also keep out neighborhood pets and other people's children. A simple chain link fence can accomplish these tasks, but people can still see you. For those people who tend to be self-conscious, being watched while carrying out daily tasks is actually pretty daunting. To solve this problem, you may want to invest in a wood fence that protects you from prying eyes. If you choose an attractive wood like white oak or western red cedar, you'll get the privacy you want while enhancing the look of your property. 


If you prefer greenery to wood, consider planting some fast-growing shrubbery around the perimeter of your property. For instance, experts recommend the Nellie Steven Holly that sprouts beautiful red berries and grows to a height of 30 feet. This variety does shoot up quickly, so you don't have to wait for years to get the privacy you desire. Leyland Cypress shrubs will give you even faster results. In fact, you'll have to prune them each year to keep their height to a manageable level. They grow about four feet annually and can reach 60 feet. 


If you do not want to surround your entire yard, you can create a little introvert's nook by making a few additions to your patio. You can easily surround your patio area with drapery panels to make a private and attractive retreat. If you wish, you can add an arbor decorated with plant life that provides shade while protecting you from others' view. These improvements are inexpensive ways to make your backyard more private.

Don't let your natural need to have alone time keep you in the house this spring and summer. You can take steps to make your backyard the private place you need it to be. Protecting yourself doesn't mean you are anti-social. You can always have everyone over for a barbecue or other get together, but with a private backyard, you get to choose the right time to socialize.

For more information and options, talk with a fencing contractor in your area, such as those from Hahn-AA Fencing.