Do you live near a busy road or neighborhood and wish you could somehow reduce the noise? Even if it’s the sound of an air conditioner, ambient noise can increase stress levels. The good news is that you can use landscaping to create a buffer from the noise and give you a sense of privacy.
Good Fences Make Good Neighbors
The obvious choice to block out unwanted sounds is to install a fence. A tall fence can reflect sound waves, and the more solid it is the better. A fence with gaps will not be helpful for this purpose.
To counteract annoying sounds, running water creates white noise that is pleasing to the brain. Install a water feature that has a recirculating pump to keep the water moving and doesn’t require new water. Place it in an outdoor area where you sit or spend most of your time. It doesn’t have to be a large fountain, but you do need to be near it to create the desired effect.
To block sound, plant a row of dense hedges and layer plants in front of it to create a barrier. Make sure the branches of the plants grow to the ground because noise can creep in under the gaps of the hedges. Boxwoods are commonly used for this purpose.
Some plants and trees create natural sounds that are quite pleasant. If there is a breeze, the rustle of leaves can create white noise. Use trees with big leaves like palm-trees to create a soothing ambient noise.
Another solution is to add windchimes or backyard speakers to introduce enjoyable sounds while you are outdoors. While you may not be able to do anything about the cars rushing past your home, you can choose sounds that you want to hear and that make you happy.
At Challenger Irrigation of Spring Hill, we are happy to provide you with a quote to help keep your lawn beautiful with an irrigation system. Please call our office to schedule an appointment today.