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A better view

>Problem: The weather forecast looks lovely, but your yard has some real eyesores.

Solution: Hide them with smart landscaping, functional decorative items.

Whether it's an unsightly utility box or a view of the neighbors' weedy garden, some of designer Jennifer Lee Fedeson's ideas for creating privacy, above, also work to block ugly views.

In addition, she made these suggestions:

Faux boulders can cover meters, utilities and random, unmovable items in the garden.

Plant material around utility boxes, meters and pool equipment should be strategically placed to hide the objects but not hinder access.

Be cautious of mulch accumulation around these areas; a weed fabric underlayment and gravel top-dressing is ideal, she said.