• Kelly Guerrero

Add Privacy to your Backyard

Now more than ever, we are enjoying Staycations, Weekends and Downtime in our own backyard. But what do you do if the neighbors are right on top of you? No one likes to feel like they live in a Fishbowl! Putting up a privacy fence is one way to add instant privacy to your backyard but have you thought about using plants as a natural privacy screen?

Lots of plants here in Southern Florida will grow large enough to afford privacy from the neighbor's watchful eyes (although they probably don't want you watching them either!). Oleander, Hibiscus, Sweet Viburnum are all great hedges and reach heights of 6-10 feet tall when mature, usually in about 3-4 years. Of course, you can install nearly mature versions of these plants but that could easily put this project out of your budget!

My personal favorite for this application is the Areca Palm. There's no need to go any larger than a 7 gallon tree, unless instant gratification is your bag. For about $50 per 7 gallon tree, you get a bushy palm tree that is about 4 feet tall when planted and within a year can be 6-8 feet tall and give you all the privacy you've ever dreamed of!

Areca Palms are great spaced anywhere from 4' - 6' apart and they'll grow together and create a wall of tropical privacy. They're drought tolerant so once they're established you don't have to worry about watering or any special treatment. A little Epsom salt sprinkled on the bed will keep the fronds green and lush looking all year round.

The best part about using plants to solve challenges is that plants aren't a one-size-fits all solution. We can customize your solution to include all the things you love and none of what you don't. Call us today for more information at (941) 776-5111.

10 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

Thinking of Hiring a Landscape Designer?

Here's some tips and tricks to get you started... One thing 2020 taught us is that we want to enjoy our time at home, and to make our home into our safe-havens. Here in Florida, we can enjoy our outd

Our Continued COVID-19 Response

We are continuing to monitor information coming from both the CDC and the Florida Department of Health and are pleased to report that to date we have only had one case among our crew members. However


In case you didn't notice, rainy season is late to the party this year. The super hot conditions without the relief of an afternoon shower can wreak havoc on your landscape.  How can you keep your gra



Reliable & Trustworthy

Professional & Experienced

  • YouTube
  • Facebook Social Icon
  • Yelp Social Icon

3903 71st St E

Palmetto, FL 34221


© 2020 by Fast Lawnscapes