Wood Garden Fencing
Wood lattice makes attractive garden fencing that affords some privacy while allowing glimpses of the garden. Lattice boards set into a wooden privacy fence add a whole new design dimension to the frontage of your garden. A single width of lattice fencing can provide a screen or windbreak, and support for any climbing vines. Set a lattice panel at the edge of the garden nearest the house and train morning glories to climb it to provide a scenery wall outside a kitchen or bedroom window, or create a simple arbor with two full height lattice panels set six to eight feet apart. Use thick garden twine to create a 'bridge' for vines to climb across and form a living 'roof'.
Border Edging Garden Fencing
Border edging is another extremely versatile garden fencing option. Think outside the perimeter. You can use wire garden fencing to create smaller accents within a garden plot, or outline one corner or end of a garden with cast iron border edging. Cedar shakes or redwood blocks can be used to create curved borders for slightly raised garden beds, or serve as a backdrop over which to spill indigo lobelia or white alyssum. Create a zigzag border of decorative low picket garden fencing and plant zinnias or marigolds in the V-shaped 'teeth' for a unique look.
Patio Wall of Garden Fencing
Garden fencing can be used to create a beautiful background for patio dining. Choose a metal trellis and install it just off the patio edge behind the table and dining set. Twine climbing roses up over it to create an accent that defines the edge of the patio and creates an elegant, tasteful accent to your patio and garden at the same time.
If you are concerned about your garden privacy, you may be interested in a solution involving any fencing you already have around your house. If you are considering good neighbour or privacy fencing, it can be an attractive backyard option that adds value to your property. This can be particularly important if you have a hot tub, spa or swimming pool and you need privacy for those reasons. Some city ordinances also require 6-foot-high fencing around such structures for safety reasons. This additional safety work may also reduce your home insurance premium too as a bonus.
If you are thinking about improving your fencing for other reasons, there are a number of things to consider. Plantings around the fence in a yard can soften the look and also create extra areas of privacy. Training a vine along a mesh fence can transform it in a matter of months. You can buy vinyl strapping to be woven through latticed fences and this also breaks up the monotony of large fencing panels, as well as complimenting your house exterior. You may want to consider replacement of a portion however if a section is beyond repair or to block out unsightly surroundings.
Getting the most from fencing may also be adding structures as part of additional outdoor living space. If there is a natural hedge on one side, you can add a gazebo, pergola or another structure to help separate one space from another for example. This will enhance your living space's appearance and also maximize the benefit from existing fencing you already have. Break down the tasks into smaller ones such as planting vines, fast-growing shrubs and tall decorative grasses around your fencing.