You could live in the most beautiful house with gorgeous views and a big garden – but if you have lots of noise coming from the road, your peace and tranquillity at home will be ruined.
Luckily, however, there are steps you can take to reduce the amount of noise that enters your house from the road or motorway. Double glazing can help reduce noise levels in the house, or you could opt for secondary glazing in your timber windows if double glazing isn’t suitable for your home. This latter option fits snugly onto the interior of the windows, which will leave your original fittings untouched and intact, lowering noise pollution levels and reducing heat loss and energy expenditure.
There are other ways you can go about reducing noise pollution at home, such as solid wood fencing which is relatively easy to install, takes up less space than a brick wall would and is just as effective at blocking out sound. You may not like the idea of having a wall or fence, however, and if that’s the case you could create something similar using tall vegetation to block out noise.
Another alternative that’s also worth looking into, especially if the noise levels aren’t particularly loud or intrusive but still bother you, is trying to mask the sound instead of blocking it completely. Look into having a fun water feature installed in the garden, for example, that helps hide the sound from the road. The sound of running water is lovely and relaxing – and a lot better than hearing cars rushing past each and every day.
It might be a good idea to do some research into the best plants for noise reduction if you’d rather go down this route than any of the others. Check out this article on the Gardening Knowhow website going into detail on this very subject, suggesting that evergreen shrubs actually make the very best plants for this purpose because they’re able to offer year-round noise reduction.
People were also reminded to go for broadleaf evergreens instead of conifers and narrow-leaf plants, as well as shrubs and trees that have dense branches reaching to the ground. Junipers and hollies have thick branches that rest at ground level, so are especially good at reducing noise from the outside world.
Bear in mind, however, that you should make sure your trees don’t grow too tall – if they do, gaps may appear in places and this will impact their effectiveness at blocking out sound. And while it might seem like it’s more cost-effective to plant trees rather than putting a solid wall barrier in place, remember that you will have more maintenance and management costs associated with planting trees and shrubs.
But, of course, there are other added benefits to planting – as well as noise reduction, trees can serve as windbreaks, provide shade and look beautiful, giving your garden an instant facelift if this is required.
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