Fences make good neighbors. They also divide and section off areas of the landscape to enhance the design and increase the function of separate spaces. They also contain children and pets and provide a measure of safety. These important facets of a landscape also serve the purpose of enhancing a yard or garden. Consider the purpose of your fence, city and municipal codes, and available materials to create the best fence to suit your needs.
Wire fences, such as chain link or wire mesh, provide visibility in pet yards, livestock enclosures and children's play yards. The materials for wire fences range in strength, according to the gauge of the wire. These functional fences create barriers, but offer little in the way of privacy between the two sides of the fence.
Commonly referred to as split-rail or post-rail fences, these lumber fences provide a visual border between areas, but allow minimal privacy or security. Composed of equally spaced upright posts, attached by a couple of horizontal posts between each section, open fences define landscape characteristics, such as curves and corners. They supply a foreground or backdrop to walkways and plants. Frequently utilized in rural properties, open fences mark boundary lines and enhance the overall appearance of a yard or landscape.
Solid fences ensure maximum privacy between the opposite sides of the enclosure. Commonly constructed from wood or vinyl, privacy fences guarantee a maximum amount of visual seclusion. The strong vertical lines formed by solid fences create a strong statement in the landscape. Planting shrubs and flowers around a privacy fence helps blend the structure with the surrounding landscape. Local governments often construct solid fences to separate neighborhoods and yards from busy roads and highways. This type of fence allows homeowners privacy near patios, play areas and swimming pools.
Rows of trees or tall shrubs create living fences between property lines and landscape areas. Farmers and rural landowners often plant trees and shrubs to provide protection from wind, snow and sun. Some homeowners manicure shrubs into hedges to enclose or separate areas for various uses. Depending on spacing and species, these types of fences may offer a degree of sound control. Consider the ornamental characteristics and mature size of individual species, as well as their climate and soil requirements, when choosing trees and shrubs for living fences.