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Backyards are grand sources of recreation. Hosting garden parties, working on your landscaping in good weather, and playing with the kids outside are all perfect activities for the backyard. Road noise, neighborhood dogs, and outdoor air conditioning units, however, create noise that distracts you from your fun, and sometimes the sounds are bothersome enough that they keep you from enjoying your outdoor space. Thankfully, you can find some DIY solutions to combat irritating backyard noise.
Erect a Sound-Reducing Fence
Fences can’t completely block road noise, but they can certainly eliminate some of it. When choosing a sound-reducing fence, you’ll need to use stone, not wood, to build it. The higher you build your fence, the better it will work to block out noise. Remember, however; that sound will still enter your backyard over the fence. Adding vegetation, such as vines that grow up the wall or trees planted next to the wall, will aid your noise-reduction efforts.
Make a Sound-Proofed Oasis
Some cities have ordinances that prevent you from installing fences as tall as you’ll need — or of the materials you’ll need — to effectively reduce backyard noise. In these cases, make a sound-proofed oasis within your backyard.
Fence in part of your backyard with stone and use shrubs and vines around the stone to absorb more noise. You will have a quiet nook perfect for outdoor dinners and reading time in the hammock. Keep in mind, though that this solution may not be the most visually appealing idea, even if you use Ivy to disguise the fence.
Fence in Your Outdoor AC Unit
Road noise isn’t the only factor adding sound to your backyard. Outdoor air conditioning units often hum loudly enough to disturb your outdoor relaxation. Installing a fence around your outdoor unit is a great solution for dampening some of that noise.
Make sure you install the fence a few feet away from the unit itself to allow enough space for air to blow through the unit vents. If the unit is still too loud, call a professional HVAC services technician to take a look. Maintenance may lead to a quieter outdoor unit.
Create White Noise With Running Water
Image via Flickr by Clotee Pridgen Allochuku The other solutions listed here may give you only partial relief from outdoor noise. Use running water in your landscaping to create a source of white noise that will help distract you from any road or air conditioning noise. A pond with a waterfall or a fountain is a gorgeous addition to any home’s landscaping. The waterfall doesn’t have to be high or complicated to help you with your noise-reduction efforts. If you don’t have room for a pond, plans for waterfalls that stand alone are available, too.
These backyard noise-reduction projects aren’t the simplest DIY ideas, but any seasoned home-improvement guru will enjoy the landscaping opportunities and the outdoor work. The right materials combined with some creativity will give you significant noise reduction in your backyard. Plus, you’ll have some lovely new landscaping to share with your family and friends the next time you host a barbecue.