We have a long row of privets on the street side of one fence. We coppiced them in April and they are growing back fast. I will add a few more rows of native plants for wildlife for a privacy hedge.
I plant in islands, surrounding the planting area with branches & logs. This creates habitat, helps with water, and sometimes slows down the dog.
Then I plant bunch grassed on the outer edges to break up the soil. In 6 months or so, when the bunch grass is full, I will pull it up, divide it it into lots of little slips, and extend the ring of grass on the outside. To the left of the tall log is an elderberry tree.