The neighborhood was built during the housing boom shortly after WWII, and most of the homes are small single story frame houses separated by 3 foot tall chain link fences. The fences work great for marking the property line and keeping small dogs enclosed, but they don't offer much in the way of privacy.
It's not like I'm out sunbathing in my yard or anything, but I do spend a lot of time out in my garden, and I sorta get tired of being on display for the whole neighborhood.
While many of my neighbors have upgraded to 6 foot wooden privacy fences, it would seem that I'm simply too cheap to cough up the several thousand bucks that it would cost to put one in.
Then one day I was noticing that one of said privacy fences was totally covered with a vine, and suddenly it occurred to me that perhaps I didn't need to buy a privacy fence... maybe I could grow one!
Anyhow, I did some research and concluded that Virginia Creeper was the vine of choice for quick growth in my area, so I bought a few at the local nursery and planted them along the fence line. It took a few years for them to establish, and a couple of them died, but soon the ones that "took" were covering the fence. Now all I had to do was figure out how to extend the height by a few feet.
I finally decided that the best option was to just get some tall metal fence posts, pound them into the ground in front of the fence every five or six feet, and then secure an additional three feet of fencing on top of the existing fence.
I just used bailing wire to attach the fencing to the posts:
Anyhow, I added the extra height about a month ago and it's filling out marvelously!
It gives the yard an entirely different feel and it's certainly a vast improvement over how it looked before. It's also given me new motivation to get some vines growing on the chunk of yard where they didn't take first time around!
So that's my el cheapo landscaping trick du jour. Soon I'll be able to prance around as scantily dressed as I like in my backyard... well... with a LOT of sunscreen that is! ;-)
So how about you? Anybody got any great recommendations for landscaping on the cheap?