house with line of hedges around property line

Property Line Landscaping: Ideas For Adding Privacy To Your Yard

Morgan McBride3-minute read
June 28, 2021

When planning the landscaping of your yard, it’s important to consider all areas of your space. Don’t overlook the edges of your plot – property line landscaping can be an important way to add privacy to your home, especially if you have close neighbors.

Landscaping Your Property Line For Privacy

There are several different ways homeowners can landscape their property lines specifically for privacy purposes. The most popular options are putting up fences or adding plants and shrubbery as a border.

Plants Vs. Fencing

There are advantages and disadvantages to both of these two popular privacy methods. Fencing can be expensive to install, especially on large lots, but instantly gives significant privacy and usually adds to property value. Plants, on the other hand, can be less expensive to incorporate, but take a while to grow in fully and might not give you what you’re looking for in the short term.

Privacy And Home Value

There’s no steadfast rule about privacy fences or shrubbery adding to home value. However, some people may consider a completely exposed yard a house hunting deal breaker. Adding a privacy fence could make your yard more appealing to buyers, especially those with pets and small kids. Even if it doesn’t add to your home’s value, it might lead to being seen as more marketable, which usually leads to a quicker offer and one closer to the asking price.

7 Property Line Landscaping Ideas

There are several different ways to landscape along the property line to help establish privacy.

Fencing

wooden fencing around yard

Building a fence along the property line helps protect a homeowner’s privacy and creates a clearly defined boundary for noise reduction, security and containing pets and people inside. Fences can be wooden, metal or vinyl. If you live in an HOA neighborhood, there are most likely restrictions on the type of fencing you’re allowed to put up. Fences are usually fairly expensive to install, but provide instant and, potentially, complete privacy.

Hedges

tall hedges along sidewalk

A hedge is a boundary formed by planting shrubs or trees closely together to create a wall. Planting hedges along the property line helps protect a homeowner’s privacy and creates a boundary as well. They can block the sight lines to neighbor’s homes as well as muffle noise. It is very important to keep hedges maintained as they can look scruffy quickly. You also have to be careful about where you plant hedges in relation to the property line and be sure they will not grow into your neighbor’s yard.

Shrubbery

shrubbery running along property line in back of house

If you don’t want a full hedge wall, you can still plant shrubbery along a property line. Planting colorful shrubs can add to the landscaping while they also help protect privacy and create a boundary. Planting spaced out plants will not allow for the same level of privacy as a wall of hedges, but it can still help to define the boundary and block some sight lines. It’s important to keep shrubs maintained and clear of your neighbor’s property.

Tall Types Of Grass

tall grass near border of yard by corner of pool

Planting ornamental grasses can help protect a homeowner’s privacy and creates a boundary, depending on the species. Grasses are usually more low-lying than shrubs, but there are some fast-growing ornamental grasses that can grow to be 15 feet tall. Consult with a local gardening center for the best ornamental grass to meet your needs that will thrive in your specific area and yard conditions.

Tree Or Plant Windbreaks

wind-breaking plants in neatly landscaped back yard

Windbreaks involve planting plants or trees in rows to help with wind protection, which can also become a natural plant boundary between yards. Each row is one specific tree or shrub type, and the next row is staggered to help to block the wind. A well-designed windbreak should incorporate up to four rows of trees and shrubs. Plants are spaced out about 8 feet in each row with rows 10 feet apart. Because of this, windbreaks are best for large and expansive yards.

Flower Or Vegetable Garden

flower garden with green grass lined up next to it

Planting a flower or vegetable garden can add to a homeowner’s landscaping while they also create a boundary. If you love growing veggies or flowers, this could be a great option for you. However, keep in mind that gardens will likely die back in the winter, making the boundary basically useless for privacy for large portions of the year.

Stone Wall

stone wall with fireplace under wooden gazebo

Incorporating a stone wall along the perimeter of the property line is a unique way to protect your privacy and create a boundary. Stone walls are beautiful and can be designed to be low lying to mark a boundary or taller for privacy. Stone can be very expensive, so this option is best left for those with a higher budget who want the specific look and feel of a stone garden wall.

The Bottom Line: For Some Homeowners, Privacy Is Priceless

Once you know exactly where the property line lies, landscaping can creatively protect your privacy, and even potentially boost your home’s value and marketability. Learn more about how close to the property line you can build next.

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Morgan McBride

Morgan McBride is a DIY-lover and home decor enthusiast living in Charleston, South Carolina. She has been blogging at CharlestonCrafted.com alongside her husband since 2012, where they empower their readers to craft their current home into their dream home through the power of DIY.