We have/had 2 trees in our pool area that were damaged and have to go. In trying to figure out what to replace them with, we're also struggling with the privacy issue, as our neighbor also lost trees. We also have another issue, as our terraced area at the back of the pool is 27 years old and has some rotting timbers. The absolute cheapest quote we have gotten (blocks) is $7000. Seems pretty steep for something that is pretty much just utilitarian. In the past we have put a garden there, but it really doesn't get a lot of sun. If we put more privacy stuff up on top, that renders the back almost unusable due to less sun. As you can see by the pictures, the amount of grass between the terrace and the fence is just a few feet wide. So basically, our questions are this: what to replace the birches with, overall how can we get more privacy, and if we do that by planting more up top, what to do with the terraced area? [attachment=0:1uyqs3fn]backyard1.jpg[/attachment:1uyqs3fn][attachment=1:1uyqs3fn]backyard3.jpg[/attachment:1uyqs3fn][attachment=2:1uyqs3fn]backyard2.jpg[/attachment:1uyqs3fn]Thanks!!