Living on a Noisy Road
Q: How can I block noise from the road?
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
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.