I'm on a corner lot in a "typical" suburban sub division. The lot is about a 200' x 100' size. There is a house to one side, and one behind, kinda looks like this:
[neighbor] | xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx(fence) | [neighbor]---------[my house]----------------[street] | | | [ street ]
(not to scale).
My dilemma is, I'd like to put up some privacy barriers on the left & right sides in the above diagram (to the home on the left above, and to the street). to make a private yard that would encompass the area on the left, to the rear, and part of the section to the right.
I've gotten all kinds of 'suggestions' - but i thought i would post to this group and collect some more before i make a decision.
Many of the suggestions involved planting trees or hedges. Additional fencing is a thought, but I would still need a lot more trees to block out views of the neighbors (since the fence height is only 6').
All the planting ideas involve waiting a LONG time for usable privacy (like YEARS).
I'm in the northeastern USA.
Does anyone have actual experience with some species of tree or hedge, that works in one season or less ? (or some other idea to achieve the privacy goal).
I've interviewed professional landscaping *architects* (not landscaping contractors), but i want to exhaust the DIY design route first before spending $$$ on retainers to have architects construct designs (like the folks you see on HGTV).
Anyone here have any thoughts on privacy barriers ?