Help with privacy
So the neighbors are putting in a pool. Our house is new (1 year old) and we had started planting some privacy evergreens as our privacy is pretty important to us. The back is private and so is the other side.
The HOA requires screening when a pool is installed but it is pretty vague. I've approached the neighbors and the HOA. I don't want to make enemies but am pushing them a bit. I need a plan for the probability that they won't plant anything more and that the HOA is powerless to force them to. This is the view from our deck. We have a daylight basement. We also have roughly the same view from our kitchen sink and the kitchen table.
The Green giants (there is one off to the right of the picture) are about 10 feet tall and a year in the ground. The cryptomeria are more like 8 feet tall and just a few months in the ground. I am more open to moving them. The rocks are drainage area leading to underground pipes - nothing substantial will grow there. I realize the river birch will get huge but in NC, the pool might be used close to year round with heating. The Italian cypresses are probably going to be moved but that part of the view is not really the issue.
Their plants next to the pool are knockouts and eunonymous.
- move Cyrptos forward and plant larger GG's in their place?
- build 12 foot (or higher) fireplace/kitchen area over the wet area with planters on top
- Remove ligustrums and plant more GG's
I'm considering paying for the neighbors to put something evergreen on the hill but I'm not sure if they would go for even that. Any help or words of encouragement appreciated.