Next door has gone through some really poor 'improvements' on the backyard in the last 9 months. Seems like this view is the norm now. Our place is 2 storey, this photo taken from middle of the deck at the back. The deck extends closer to that fence to the point where I don't think screening the ugliness completely for that end of the deck will be possible, but would be great to have the mid-deck (where the photo is taken) not seeing this every day. Thinking about Laurel, and keeping it shaped narrow, or some variety of typical cypress hedging, buying mature at around 6-7 feet to start. But open to ideas! Occasional maintenance OK, frequent maintenance not really possible. Thanks!