For me, putting up a fence is a big decision. Fences are necessary to corral the kids and the dogs, but if you just want privacy, is a fence or a hedge better?
To maintain that campground, woodsy look I think layers of greenery is more soothing. Besides the wildlife can still walk through your yard. Afraid of wildlife? Well, I guess it's a fence for you. I like being surrounded by trees and hedges and watching the covey of quail dart through the backyard.
I'd be the one to make a gopher turtle door in the fence so they wouldn't have to walk around. Animals are creatures of habit too. They take the same path every day.
The problem with planting a new natural fence is the time it will take before it actually provides some privacy. Maybe some Miracle-Gro would give it a boost.
Then I think of the maintenance. A fence has to be repaired, sometimes painted and may blow over in a hurricane. The hedge needs to be trimmed and but will still protect the more tender plants during a frost.
After agonizing over this dilemma, I think I've got the answer! I can put up a fence with a little space for the animals to get under and still plant hedges and shrubs in front of it.
But only the back lot line, I can't go all the way around yet. Don't fence me in.