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DON'T FENCE ME IN

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.    

Comment balloon 2 commentsShannon Moore • August 19 2006 02:03PM

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A nice wood rail fance would do the trick...small animals could go under it and then the shrubs in front would give you your privacy..... but I would just do it for the back yard....in front I would use a traditional fence....... if you had one up front...a split rail fence up front I think would be tacky in a suburban setting....
Posted by Alexander Harb, Dallas, Texas Real Estate Investing (Knights Investing) about 11 years ago
Doesn't work for Florida, but I liked the stone "fences" or "walls" in New England - blended with the landscape, didn't block the view.
Posted by Sharon Simms, St. Petersburg FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS (Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International) about 11 years ago

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