Q: A few years ago I bought a house built in 1916. I love my home, but I'm am unable to really enjoy the yard as I am on a main street. My bushes and trees are not enough to block the traffic sounds. How can I block noise from the road? This is a big project but I am sure many people deal with it.

— Kathryn, Omaha, NE

A: Tom Silva replies: Unfortunately, I've got no magic solutions for you. The only way to screen the noise from your yard is to erect a barrier. You've got two choices there: You can go natural and install a row of tall trees planted tightly together, or you can build a tall fence, which I personally don't think would look that great. But either way you are going to have to alter the way your yard currently looks to get the quiet you crave.
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