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Fallen leaf hedges vs privacy...

Hi guys,

We are gonna move to a ground floor apartment with private garden. It is a corner of around 35m perimeter.

Well, sadly the hedge is of fallen leaf, so the privacy is very poor at the moment. You can see people walking by and taking an staring at us when we are in the living room...

The ground of the garden is around 50 cm over the street. There is a small wall of around 1m surrounding the garden. See picture attached

The Hauswartung takes care of the garden and we asked the renter company if we could put some privacy screen or something and they said it was ok.

"Im Garten bitten wir Sie, keine Bepflanzungen vorzunehmen. Das Aufstellen eines Sichtschutzes ist jedoch gestattet."

So now we are really a bit lost and would like to ask for advice. We were thinking of an inside metal fence with some kind of artificial hedge as privacy screen... but that will involve some concrete for the poles..and not sure if is gonna be nice or well seen by the landlord.

On the other side, I saw affordable hedges from this very nice post put in a pot on the inside... But yeah, double hedge, LOL. Maybe a little bit too much, plus we would need to maintain them by ourselfs I guess...

https://www.heckenpflanzen-schweiz.c...eimische_eibe/

We would appreciate some Ideas or experiences about the topic!

Thanks!

ps: Are we weird to want some privacy at home?
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Old 18.02.2017, 00:04
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Re: Fallen leaf hedges vs privacy...

Wait till spring and it will grow back and buy curtains
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Old 18.02.2017, 00:12
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Re: Fallen leaf hedges vs privacy...

Nice looking hedge. You will definitely have privacy for most of the year once the hedge grows back. You could try a bamboo screen during the winter months, or curtains in your apartment as roegner has advised.
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Re: Fallen leaf hedges vs privacy...

If you put any kind of second barrier/hedge, it will block the light and kill the hedge- and it would be expensive to replace with mature plants of same height.

Blinds or curtains and wait for spring, I'm afraid.

So sorry for asking- but if privacy is so important to you (and it is to me too)- why on earth move to a flat so close to public access with a hedge that is clearly deciduous????
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Re: Fallen leaf hedges vs privacy...

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+1 You can buy sheers that let in lots of light during the day but that won't let everyone outside see you. You can also buy blackout curtains that will help at night when the lights are on inside, or you can just close the shutters/shades.
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Re: Fallen leaf hedges vs privacy...

I have been living in a very similar situation to you for 4 years. Nobody stares at me, if they did I would wave back at them. I don't think you are allowed to dance in front of the window in the nude, but otherwise there isn't really a problem.
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Re: Fallen leaf hedges vs privacy...

Thanks for all the replies...!

Why to move to a ground floor if we like privacy... well, we thought the privacy can be achieved (not that obvious now though!) and we were looking for a small garden mainly...

Bamboo fence, I think is too long for putting a full bamboo barrier which will give a bit of a jail feeling..

I guess the curtains will do of course for the nude hedge period... and getting used to the showroom

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Re: Fallen leaf hedges vs privacy...

You could grow a clematis or jasmine climber through the hedge for extra coverage. You would need permission though, and be careful what you choose so as not to smother/damage the hedge.
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You could grow a clematis or jasmine climber through the hedge for extra coverage. You would need permission though, and be careful what you choose so as not to smother/damage the hedge.
That sounds like a very nice idea... thanks. We have also a big wall on one side of a hedge end where there is a climber, but also fallen leaf of course.
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I guess the curtains will do of course for the nude hedge period... and getting used to the showroom
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Re: Fallen leaf hedges vs privacy...

Just start walking about the lounge in the buff, and whenever somebody passes by watch them until they look over and give the a big grin and wave
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I have been living in a very similar situation to you for 4 years. Nobody stares at me, if they did I would wave back at them. I don't think you are allowed to dance in front of the window in the nude, but otherwise there isn't really a problem.
Have you experimented?
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Re: Fallen leaf hedges vs privacy...

Vertical slatted blinds that you can twist might be better than curtains- and they can be pulled back totally when leaves come- so they can give you privacy and still let light in.

Of course it is possible to choose a ground floor flat which is not just 50 centimeters from walkway...

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Re: Fallen leaf hedges vs privacy...

Maybe put some dark netting over the bushes until the leaves start to grow or set up some temporary trellis and buy some overgrown creepers from the garden centre.
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Hi guys,

We are gonna move to ....

...You can see people walking by and taking an staring at us when we are in the living room...
You haven't even moved in yet, but think people will be staring at you through the hedgerow?

You're paranoid.
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The ground of the garden is around 50 cm over the street. There is a small wall of around 1m surrounding the garden.
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Of course it is possible to choose a ground floor flat which is not just 50 centimeters from walkway...
Not quite the same thing I think?
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Not quite the same thing I think?
It certainly looks to be more than 50cm from the walkway on the photo. It would be rather odd to have the windows only 50cm from the street and not have curtains or blinds on them.
With the garden being 50cm above street level I would imagine it would be rather easy and tempting for passers by to look in through the windows.

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If you put any kind of second barrier/hedge, it will block the light and kill the hedge- and it would be expensive to replace with mature plants of same height.
Not necessarily. It would block the light from one side only so it's highly unlikely to kill the hedge and depending on the orientation it may actually be beneficial.

Lots of people have fences for privacy/wind breaking/shade reasons and then plant hedging in front of it to make it look more attractive.

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You haven't even moved in yet, but think people will be staring at you through the hedgerow?

You're paranoid.
Thanks for constructive answer

We havent moved in yet but we have been already there quite some times and people stares..
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Vertical slatted blinds that you can twist might be better than curtains- and they can be pulled back totally when leaves come- so they can give you privacy and still let light in.

Of course it is possible to choose a ground floor flat which is not just 50 centimeters from walkway...
To be honest not so much people passing... but still

Thanks for the tip of the vertical blinds.
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Thanks for constructive answer

We havent moved in yet but we have benn already there quite some times and people stares..
ok, i believe you then.
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