Landscape fabric as privacy screen

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Landscape fabric as privacy screen between the yard and yard dog

I would love to have something like this in my back yard. I would love to have something like this in my back yard. January 8, 2008 11:58 AM

I am getting ready to install a backyard fence. I will be building it out of some 2x4's and 3' tall PVC and a 1 1/2" metal. What I want is some privacy for the back yard, but also to keep my dog out of the front yard where he thinks its a good thing to roll in. I am thinking a landscape fabric and some 2x4's or something similar would be a good idea, but what do you think? I also have a 5 1/2 year old son who would probably like the landscape fabric to be something other than grass. Any ideas?


Landscape fabric as privacy screen between the yard and yard dog

Originally posted by dianewill: I would love to have something like this in my back yard. I would love to have something like this in my back yard.


Hi Dianewill -

If you look at your back yard on the website linked below, there is a lot of information on using landscape fabric as a privacy screen.

We don't want our dogs running off the property and into the street, or onto someone's lawn. If they dig in, they can create holes. And yes, it does keep the grass neat, but if you have a high maintenance lawn, you can put down a non-weed controlling fabric to protect the lawn against the dogs. The dogs dig up the fabric and then the fabric starts to look like a mess.

I don't see anything wrong with having grass in your back yard. If your lawn is really that tall, then I would consider installing a high mesh security fence. The fence doesn't have to be any higher than 1 foot tall, so it can still allow the dogs to pass through.

I want to keep this open for ideas, not just for my question. We'd like to try landscaping fabric too. And we're not really up for a really high fence. In fact we really don't have room for a 6-10 foot high fence.

I have done some research and there's a difference between the top end and the bottom end.

The top end are the commercial products that are manufactured and sold for lawn and landscape use. The top end includes the landscape fabric and landscape fabric accessories.

The bottom end are the products that are manufactured and sold to landscape gardeners as a part of their landscape design, installation, and maintenance tools. The bottom end includes the landscape fabric and landscape fabric accessories, and the landscape fabric installation tool.

Thanks for answering my question. It was a great help.


This is probably not the most popular answer. Grass is fine, and it's what I'm assuming everyone means by "grass", i.e. not shrubs, not rocks, not anything concrete (sorry the other posts). I think that in a few years you could go down this path as grass has not the best maintenance. You will need to trim it, clean it, maybe even water it. At least here, in the northwest. But I just trimmed it today so I don't know what that's like over a year's time.

I would suggest to look at your neighbors, see what is already out there and to find a way to work with that. I know that in some places a lot of the landscape has been done without the benefit of a good plan. Here, on the East Coast, the majority of folks are working in a square yard, and you can see where the grass is getting shaded by some plants/shrubs.

And if it's a problem, you can put in more and taller grass. I would use whatever you had on hand, it can take a few years for that to grow over. If you have some taller grass already there, it might help. But again, you have to get to know your grass, and you can work with the situation.

But you're in the NW, which is generally much more forgiving, so I'm assuming you are too. You could start with your local nursery and look at what they have available. Or maybe the landscaping department of a building in your area. But, most people will make a plan based on the space they have, not the time they have to put into it.

I've been growing ryegrass for 20+ years. It requires regular maintenance. You need to water it and keep it healthy. It can be the most troublesome of all grasses to maintain if you don't do that. It likes a pH of 5.5 to 6.2 and it loves calcium. If you don't fertilize it correctly you can have it die in one year. I use a very high potassium fertilizer (14-20-5) and it makes great, long, thick, green, healthy looking grass.

If you are in zone 4 you should be able to get ryegrass from a mail order. Or you could buy some from a good nursery. They will have a list of what works well in your area.

I would highly recommend you start with a plan from a design professional. That will help a lot in planning.

I grew ryegrass when I had a few extra acres and no rain, so it is not hard to grow. A couple of pointers that I learned while I was growing it, which you don't want to miss, is to make sure you use a weed control that is labeled for grass. Some weed seeds are small and get into your soil, and some germinate when you water. So, use the weed control that says for grass to kill other plants. I also used a cover crop product when I had a lot of grass and a lot of rain, so I did not need to worry about weeds and no rain to get my ryegrass off to a good start. I'd start with maybe 5 lbs of fertilizer every week for the first couple of weeks and gradually build up to 20lbs after a month or two. It won't be as fast as if you had an area with no rain or rain so little that you got no grass, but it will be good enough. It will also be a different type of plant if you have no rain than if you have rain but no grass.

Here's a link to the company that I bought my fertilizer from. I would strongly suggest you call and ask for them to mail you a list of what they carry. You don't want to guess at the wrong fertilizer, and it will probably be worth your while.

One more thing to consider is to not put seeds in right away if you don't have a rain barrel. When I used to garden with a rain barrel, I would put a hole in the bottom and plant ryegrass in the hole, and put an inch or so