Some introduction.... I live on a tiny 1/4 acre lot in the suburbs. Would love to live on a farm, farmette, homestead out in the country, but I'm stuck here for the time being. I've read up on all your invasions of privacy on these here boards. Poachers, shortcutters, houndsmen, neighbor's dogs, predators... people and animals up to no good, as well as the occasional trespasser who doesn't mean any harm... all have been discussed and occasionally argued about. So when I think about my own trespassing problem, I think about yours. After all, I don't have chickens to guard, tractors to steal, or strangers with loaded weapons wandering about. My livelihood and safety are not threatened. My problem is nothing compared to yours. My trespassers are little kids. Feel free to laugh. But I value my privacy - especially in my back yard, which has a slightly wooded corner. None of the adjacent properties have this little wooded area, so my property line is clearly defined. Last year the kids next door started playing there. At first I just attributed it to isolated incidences, until they started coming over every day, with other neighborhood children to boot. The boys are young (5 and 6?) and don't understand why I wouldn't want them to have fun, from their point of view. Mom and Dad will keep them in their yard when I am outside and start saying something, but I think for the most part they have given up as the little wooded area is such a draw for them. I've lost my private back yard, and it's been really making me stew inside - this is the only piece of land I have and I want it respected. It's hard to get mad at them to their face - they're nice kids, really, and the parents are neighborly. When spring weather comes and the kids are outdoors again using my yard as their own, I planned to let the parents know just how much it bothers me to lose my privacy, even though I like the kids. But then I thought I could probably avoid this scenario altogether. The kids enter through a 6-10 foot area. Any ideas for barricading this as inexpensively as possible? Inexpensive, meaning, $40 or less! I'd rather avoid a fence which might come across as hostile, though I would if I had to (and it was cheap). I'm leaning towards shrubs/trees/vines filling up this area. Problem is it's all shade there -the only sun it would get is sunset, and haven't found any fast-growing shadelovers at the garden sites. And no thorn-bushes - I just want to protect my privacy, not injure the kids or upset the parents. Too bad I can't make a wall of grapevines there, but there must be something that will work in zone 5. I have thought to myself, this whole thing bothers me way more than it should, and yet I can't rationalize myself out of feeling invaded. Maybe it's because I grew up here and never had a problem before. I'm fairly stress-free these days (finally!) but this one problem makes me tense enough for my blood pressure to rise. Then I read about you guys and say to myself wow I think I have problems, lol! Thank you for letting me vent, but seriously, any input would be appreciated. I think you fine people should have some good ideas!