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HauteShots 12-07-2010 08:26 AM

** Blocking Out the Neighbors **
I just purchased a new property in Las Vegas a few weeks ago and I am trying to figure out the best way to block the neighbor on one side.

As you can see the neighbors upstairs balcony looks right over into my property and the main area that I want blocked has my grill area in the way of planting bushes or trees.

Is it possible to attach or put planters on top of the wall that could support bushes that will grow large enough to block out the neighbor? If so what kind of bushes would grow in the hot, dry Nevada climate and what kind of planters could I attach?

I have also considered possibly planting trees on each side of the grill maybe?

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you!

oldognewtrick 12-07-2010 08:47 AM

What type of construction is the wall? Block and mortar or wood framed. What type of plants would you want to plant to maintain privacy year round if it would support planters? Do you have a homeowners assn that may limit your ability to construct or modify structure?

...and welcome to House Repair Talk.

HauteShots 12-07-2010 09:32 AM

Thank you for your quick response and for welcoming me! The fence looks wood framed to me but I will double check when I go home for lunch. Of course I would like something that grows tall and think and I am open to suggestions. As far as the HOA, they will not limit me from planting what I want, but if I intend to put planters on top of the wall I would probably have to get my neighbors permission since half of it would technically be on her property. Getting written permission should not be a problem though. My neighbors on the other side have the same size wall but they have hedges growing that are now about 20 foot tall and successfully block me from seeing in their backyard/pool area from my upstairs balcony. Since I have the grill in the way I cant plant hedges like they did....

TxBuilder 12-07-2010 10:02 AM

Could you add flower boxes to the existing wall?

havasu 12-07-2010 10:15 AM

How about a framed in PVC lattice structure you could install on the wall. Then add a few large pots with bouganvillas, which would be allowed to climb into the lattice? Those plants should be able to handle the summer heat and are beautiful with their dark, rich colors.

HauteShots 12-07-2010 10:20 AM


Originally Posted by TxBuilder (Post 51912)
Could you add flower boxes to the existing wall?

I could add flower boxes to the existing wall but what type of flowers would grow another 15 to 20ft? Maybe I could plant bushes but what kind of flower boxes are large enough to support bushes that can grow 15 to 20 ft tall?

HauteShots 12-07-2010 10:24 AM


Originally Posted by TxBuilder (Post 51912)
Could you add flower boxes to the existing wall?

This is an interesting idea but my only concern would be the regular 30-50 mph wind gusts we get here all year long. Even with good PVC support I think they would not make it too long...

handyguys 12-07-2010 11:34 AM

I would just start with some of those flower pots, like the one sitting next to your grill. Put them on top of the wall (if it will support them) and then plant something native in them. I found this website
Plant World Nursery - Lysiloma 'Fern of the Desert'
This "fern of the dessert" loks like it may provide decent blocking. They have lots of options, I would consult with them to see what would grow in a container and thrive in your area.

TxBuilder 12-07-2010 03:02 PM

I was thinking some type of tall growing bush, you would have to have a pretty deep flower box, but it would keep you from having to put up a lattice structure if you didn't want to go the vine route.

That's 15-20 ft? That's a lot to cover.

inspectorD 12-07-2010 04:11 PM

How about a roll up screen for when you are out there, 2 painted flagpoles and make sure it is a mesh that you cannot see through, or even 2 of them that overlap so the wind goes through.
Possible outdoor movie screen?:D

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