How to Hide Ugly Structures in Your Back Yard

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Some of the elements in your backyard might be unattractive, yet you are unable to get rid of them. If you have ugly structures in your backyard, take control to conceal them. Use the unsightly items to your advantage by transforming their look or giving them a different function. Making do with what you have is an effective way to achieve the backyard you have always dreamed of. From air conditioner boxes to telephone poles, look for creative and attractive ways to conceal these objects that stand out.

Things You'll Need

  • Adult trees
  • Assorted potted plants
  • Portable gazebo
  • Bricks
  • Grout
  • Vines
  • Plant adult trees in front of the ugly structures you wish to conceal. You can purchase adult trees from nurseries that come already potted. Leave the matured tree in the pot or transfer the tree with its roots into the ground. For wider structures, you may need more than one tree to hide them. An alternative to planting adult trees is to plant hedges.

  • Decorate the backyard with potted plants and flowers. If you have random pipes in the yard, for instance, you can mask them by setting potted plants in front of them. Concrete slabs in the yard can be covered with potted plants so that you no longer see the concrete.

  • Set up a portable gazebo in front of the ugly structure. A portable gazebo can be purchased from a home and garden furniture store, and is simple to assemble. The posts and drapes from the gazebo can conceal the object behind it. Make sure you measure the dimensions of the backyard first before installing the portable gazebo, as gazebos can be large.

  • Build a brick structure around the ugly item you want to hide. Make a small wall to enclose the object with the bricks and grout. Build the wall high enough to conceal the thing you are hiding. Line the top of the brick wall with potted plants for decoration.

  • Plant vines on the unattractive structure. As the vines grow, they will wrap around the structure and conceal it with green leaves.

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