Even if you have the very best neighbours, it’s understandable that you may want just a little bit of privacy on your property. If you are looking for ways to separate your front yard from your Waterdown neighbours, here are a few ways you may be able to do this: 

Wood panels or lattice 

You may feel a fully enclosed fence is just a little too private, and it may send the wrong message to your neighbours. However, some ornamental panels or lattice can create a separate space without saying you want to completely stay away from your neighbours. 

Additionally, if you install the panels in sections and anchor them with planters with concrete plugs, you have the ability to move them around as you want to. This allows you to create more space for entertaining if needed or remove them completely in the event you don’t want the separation permanently. 

Privacy plants

Many people install hedges or a mix of plants and trees to give a natural look to the yard while creating a sense of privacy. As a homeowner, you can choose how tall to grow them, which means that you can choose if anyone can see over the plants. 

Plants do create some additional maintenance requirements, so you may want to consider what you are choosing before you plant it, but if you selected something that is an evergreen plant, it may only require some slight trimming a few times a year. 

Planters or gardening beds 

Gardening beds and planters are less time-intensive and expensive than a privacy fence. Depending on the flowers or plants you decide to put into the planters, you will need to consider the maintenance needed to take care of those plants and the seasonality. 

The downside to using gardens and planters is that flowers will not create as much privacy during the Waterdown winters.


Creating a pathway from the front of your home to the back can be useful, especially if you have a lot of company coming and going to your backyard. The pathway can also act as a way to create the optics of separating your yard from your neighbour’s. 

As a downside to the pathway, it will need to be maintained and may need to be shovelled in the winter if you want people to be able to access the backyard year-round. 

Staggered wood boards

Staggered wood boards are another great alternative to a complete privacy fence without the monetary or time investment. Wooden boards can be staggered at any distance you want to create as much or as little privacy as you want. 

Additionally, you can paint the wood a soft, subtle colour so that it’s not as obvious you’re creating a separation. 

As much as anyone may get along with their neighbours, it’s perfectly reasonable to want some privacy every now and then so you can enjoy your home’s outdoor space with your family and friends. 

Contact Evergreen Landscapes today

If you are looking for a way to separate your front yard from your neighbour’s and are looking for the assistance of a professional landscaper, contact us today for a consultation.