How to choose a garden screen

An outdoor screen is the ultimate concealer. You may want to hide something in your garden, add some privacy to an area or create an eye-catching feature. No matter what you want to do, there are a few options to consider.

Outdoor screen panel

Outdoor screen panels look great and can help you transform any space. They can be used as a backdrop to highlight something in your garden like a plant or they can used to hide a fence or bin area. Screens are also a great way to create some privacy. There are many different colours, styles and textures to choose from to suit your space, and you’d be surprised how easy they are to install.

timber screen

Timber screen

If you love the natural look of timber, a timber screen makes a great feature or can be used to create a little more privacy in your garden. Choose from a variety of hardwoods, palings or even a composite material for a durable, but eco-friendly solution. Also,

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Plants for screening

Plants are a great natural choice to section off part of your garden. Given time to grow, the right plants can create a good screen or barrier for your property, as well as providing you with privacy from the neighbours.

With some pruning, you can easily control their height to block out whatever you want, even up to 10m in height. If you’re planting saplings or young plants, they will take time to grow so make sure that you keep that in mind. A few screening plants to consider include lilly pillies, pittosporum tenuifolium and viburnums.

bamboo

Bamboo screening

Bamboo is a strong, natural resource that makes a great screening option for around the home. It is a cost effective natural cladding on fences and gates, or it can be framed to make panels or a fence extension. As a strong renewable resource, bamboo won’t rot or decay so it should last for years wherever you install it. You can expect a little natural fading and some slight cracking over time, but bamboo is a great way to add an exotic touch to your backyard.

lattice screen

Lattice screen

Adding a lattice screen is an easy project to do that can provide your backyard with big results. Lattice screens can be either timber or plastic. Lattice is a versatile material that can act as a screen or fence, or you can train and grow plants on it such as creepers, vines or roses. You could even use it to create a vertical garden in a small courtyard or balcony. You can also use lattice to hide rubbish bins or a water tank by completely covering them inside a lattice framework with a few walls and a top.

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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