Everyone wants a little privacy in their backyard, but it can be difficult if you have neighbors right beside you. Garden screens can help you get away from your everyday worries and your neighbors. Outdoor garden screens can serve a variety of purposes, including maintaining privacy, creating an outdoor “room” or hiding unsightly air conditioning units or trash cans. The different types of garden screens can be made of metal, such as iron or bronze; made of synthetic materials such as fabric or vinyl; made of natural wood, such as bamboo or willow; or even made of vining plants or trees. The type of garden screen used often depends on the climate and weather of the location as well as the desired purpose of the screened area.
Wooden garden screens can be made from a variety of woods to match fences or house trim, such as pine, willow, bamboo or teak. Left untreated, these screens will weather naturally and blend in with the landscape, or they can be finished with a colored stain or paint. Although they are not as sturdy as metal garden screens, wood screens might last longer than synthetic screens, especially if they are treated to prevent rot and resist rain damage. One consideration for wooden screens is that they might attract wood-boring insects.