Music To Your Ears—3 Ways To Block Noise Out Of Your Yard
If you live close to a busy road, noise from passersby and traffic can be a constant concern. But there are a few things you can do to make your yard more relaxing and quiet. Here are 3 methods for any budget or yard.
The Right Fencing
Simply putting up a fence may not solve the problem. The key is to build the right kind of fence to block sound. There should be no gaps in your fence, since these are spots in which noise and vibrations can simply slip through. The fence should also have some real mass and bulk to it—such as a stone wall or thick wood fence—to help muffle sounds before they reach the yard's interior.
The final consideration in determining which type of fence to install is the height. Generally speaking, if you can see the source of the noise, you can hear it. So you may need to build a taller fence than expected—particularly if you have decks or other areas that are higher than the rest of the yard. If you're unsure if your chosen fence will be sufficient to help cut down on traffic noise, it may be wise to consult with a qualified fence contractor (like Mills Fence) before you start building.
Another way to block unwanted sound is to replace it with a more desirable sound. Bubbling fountains and other water features are a great way to do this. A continuous sound like running water helps cancel out certain other frequencies in the same way that "white noise" does. Depending on the size of your yard and your budget, you could go with smaller fountains placed near the entertaining spaces of the yard or you could build a larger waterfall-type water feature or running stream between the lounge area and the road.
Building up the greenery around your yard can also help dampen sound in two ways. First, the physical presence of trees, bushes and hedges can help block sound—particularly when working in harmony with the other methods of noise reduction. Secondly, they provide a psychological barrier to help you forget the traffic outside the yard. Beautiful, lush landscaping can help make you feel more isolated, farther from civilization and less concerned with the areas outside your haven.
Whether you can implement 1, 2 or all 3 of these noise reduction methods, the end result will be a yard you can relax in and share with friends for years to come.