I have a west facing garden new build and the fences are very low.
Soil seems awful as new build, garden is all lawn now and a small patio.
I would like some privacy from my neighbours but cannot afford bigger fences would really appreciate some tips. Thinking if I plant something that grows to say 5ft gradually it will look less unfriendly that putting up something straight away iysim?
You need to plant something that you can prune into any shape/ hight you need it to be, common, cheap, evergreen and unfussy. Photinia 'Red Robin' is a lovely plant that has bright red new growth when cut. Make sure you lift the turf to limit competition and even add in a few bags of extra topsoil when planting to try and give you a better loam rather than the stoney clay that I'm assuming you've been left with.