The Cedar Parking Screen visually keeps the car out of the garden

Backyard Privacy

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Mosquito Control and Beauty In a Single Stroke
Mosquito Control and Beauty In a Single Stroke

 

My client felt like she couldn’t use her back yard.  It felt exposed to the neighbors and with the invasion of Asian tiger mosquitoes, was uncomfortable for even a few minutes.  The solution was three-fold:

  • A custom cedar pergola with 2 wet-rated ceiling fans to keep the mosquitoes under control,
  • A custom cedar lattice screen around the parking area, and
  • An extensive tapestry of trees, shrubs, perennials, and shade-tolerant grasses.
The Cedar Parking Screen visually keeps the car out of the garden
The Cedar Parking Screen visually keeps the car out of the garden

 

Structure Makes the Yard Appear Much Larger
Structure Makes the Yard Appear Much Larger

 

Look at the picture above and immediately below.  Notice how much larger the yard looks.  Many people mistakenly think that a broad expanse of lawn makes a small yard look larger.  But just the opposite is true.  By adding the texture and structure of a full garden, the eye takes much more time to travel through the space.

"Before" -- Notice how small the yard looks with just lawn
“Before” — Notice how small the yard looks with just lawn

 

Seven over-story trees were added the first year along with a few broadleaf evergreens.  These form the backbone of the garden and shield the sitting area from the eyes of the neighborhood and, increasingly, from harsh sunlight.  The second year we added deciduous shrubs, perennials, and grasses.

A tapestry of shrubs and perennials
A tapestry of shrubs and perennials was selected primarily for foliage interest and 4-season interest so the garden is engaging year-round.
The fans need to be set on high to keep away the mosquitoes
The fans need to be set on high to keep away the mosquitoes

 

The fans are, of course, wet-rated.  The rafters were spaced so that the electrical box would tuck out of sight.  The fans need to be set on high to keep away the mosquitoes.  In Washington, DC’s humid summers the air-flow keeps guests cool as well as the mosquitoes at bay.

The cedar has been allowed to gray naturally.
The cedar has been allowed to gray naturally.

 

 

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