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Using Landscaping to Hide Your AC Unit, or Other Unsightly Yard Elements

It comes with the territory – having a home, especially in Georgia, means part of the landscape includes an air conditioning unit. And, rarely is that AC unit an attractive aspect of the landscape. Furthermore, many homes also have an above ground tank for gas heating. This means as a homeowner, you now have 2 unsightly elements in your landscape that you cannot just move to a new location.

However, if you find yourself dealing with one of these eyesores – or perhaps some other item that is less than attractive-then don’t despair. There are landscaping tricks that can be done to keep those elements functional but not necessarily front and center.

5 Ways to Use Landscaping to Hide Unsightly Yard Elements

The two most common items homeowners want to hide via landscaping are the air conditioning unit and, if applicable, the gas tank. Each of these may be needed, but that doesn’t mean they are pretty. Here are some ideas for disguising them, while still allowing them to be functional and accessible.

Use a Screen, Trellis, Section of Fencing or Lattice

Simply set up one of these items, being sure to allow for maintenance people to still access the unit, and then you can dress it up with easy to maintain vines, climbing roses, or other ornamentation. This is perfect for either the AC unit or the gas tank.

Boxes over the AC Unit

Whether you opt for lattice boards, stained deck boards, or upgrading pallets, this is one of the easiest ways to turn the ugly box into a work of art. You can design the box to be 5-sided so you can lift it up and access the AC unit, or put a hinged door on it to make access easy. Whatever you decide, you have now hidden that ugly metal unit.

Large Moveable Pottery

Go to a garden store, or talk to an Outdoor Makeover & Construction team member, about getting large decorative pots and then plant bright colored flowers or elegant grasses in them to obscure the view. This is especially helpful if you do a lot of summer entertaining and want to hide them during peak outside entertainment times. Even better, depending on what you plant, you can always change the plants each year for a totally different look! If you want coverage year-round consider the next idea.

Create a Windbreak with Shrubbery

There are many types of shrubbery that are perfect for hiding your AC unit or tank year-round. And as an added bonus, they will protect your air conditioner unit from severe weather. Just be sure you leave a couple of feet between the width of the plants and the AC unit and that it is accessible on at least one side. Plants that lend themselves well to this are boxwoods, cypress, cedar, and spruce.

Have a Gravel Garden

Want low or no maintenance? Consider a gravel garden. Both the tank and AC unit are typically set up on bricks, so simply spread gravel around them. Finish off the space with edging stones for a tailored finish. You can add a splash of color with a garden within the rocked area. Great choices would be plants that require little water, paired with some decorative rocks, or even a quirky pondless fountain.

Your gas tank or AC unit doesn’t have to be the ugly part of otherwise beautiful landscaping. In no time at all, you can make it into acceptable part of the landscape. Talk to the Outdoor Makeover & Construction team to learn how we can help.

  • “Navid and his team have exceptional vision and incredible talent for design.
    Outdoor Makeover delivered a plan that is much better than the competitors from design to build. I ended up with an exceptional result that I totally love and enjoy daily. I am very proud to show off my special area in my yard and everyone loves hanging outside now; Navid asked questions to figure out my lifestyle. Furthermore, Navid discovered what I needed and wanted, of which I was unaware when we started the process.”

    Christy A. Sandy Springs, GA

  • “While we had a general idea of some things we wanted done, Navid was able to envision a work product beyond that which we could have imagined. In addition to being very accessible, Navid was very customer focused and was intent throughout the project of ensuring that our expectations were met. We were amazed at his team’s ability to execute so quickly from “design” to final product. Expectations were more than exceeded, and we would certainly use Navid and Outdoor Makeover on future projects.”

    Larry S. Atlanta, GA

  • “Last June, my wife and I contacted Outdoor Makeover regarding replacing the “weeds” in our front lawn with sod, replacement of all shrubs in the front and back yards and the planting several new trees throughout our property. Once we confirmed the design plan, the Outdoor Makeover crew got started immediately. The job soon took on a life of its own and Navid and his crew were ready and willing to be flexible and get the job done. It is a pleasure to work with a professional that understands the meaning of good communication and customer service. The project came out perfect and we are very happy with our new lawn, shrubs and trees. We look forward to a mutually beneficial, long-term relationship with Outdoor Makeover.”

    Amy & Joe Roswell, GA

  • “Navid and the Outdoor Makeover team are top notch. They found solutions within our price range and help us accomplish our most important priorities. Further, even after we paid them in full and needed them to come back to touch up some items, they came back within 1 week. This is UNHEARD of these days! I would highly recommend them to everyone!”

    Ryan E. Marietta, GA

  • “We contacted a number of landscapers before we found Outdoor Makeover. Navid and Omid worked hard on improving our front and backyard. They worked quickly and diligently and now we have a beautiful lawn and outdoor entertainment area. Their customer service was excellent. They called or emailed us a number of times just to make sure everything was right and we were satisfied. Great Job - Great Customer Service - Great People!”

    Patrice & David Alpharetta, GA

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