Height of a Garden Fence

Overview

A garden fence can add a welcoming touch to your garden and outdoor living space. Used to define flower beds, walkways or the edge of your property, garden fences can provide privacy and architectural interest to your surroundings. Garden fences come in a variety of heights and are made out of several types of materials. Selecting the right fence height for your gardening project can create a welcoming, one-of-a-kind design that suits your needs. Add curb appeal to your outdoor living space with a garden fence.

History

Fences have been used to define space for centuries. Similar to the needs of today's gardeners, fences were used to separate work areas and private spaces. Fences provided a source of visual and physical protection from the outside world; keeping people and animals out or in, depending upon which side of the fence they were on. Not only used for privacy and protection, fences often provided a windbreak and surface to support fruit, vegetables and flowers.

Guidelines

Consider local ordinances and homeowner association bylaws when determining the height and overall size of your garden fence. Height restrictions may limit your choices. There may be regulations determining how far from the property line you can place your fence. City ordinances may also determine the type of material you use for your fence. If you live in an historic section, you may be limited by other regulations determined by your Historic Preservation Committee.

Function

Determine how you want to use your fence. Fences with an open weave or spaces will allow for air circulation and some privacy without completely blocking the view. Fences with an open surface can form a trellis for climbing plants. Fences with solid walls will block air, sunlight and unsightly views. Solid fences will also create a wall; limiting vision, animals and people. Solid fences can be used to support plants or serve as a backdrop for an outdoor space. The height of your fence will be determined by the function it will be serving.

Planning

Plan where you want to locate your garden fence. Make sure you account for traffic views your fence will block out and how your fence placement will affect navigation; from cutting the grass to walking through your outdoor areas. Allow for plant and tree growth around your new garden fence. Consider other factors, such as lighting, outdoor faucets and drainpipes. Factor costs for materials, construction and upkeep. All of these considerations will determine your final fence selection.

Styles

The era of your home and the size of your garden area may determine the height of your garden fence. Cottage-style fences often are lower than six feet and may echo the exterior of your home. A section of wrought-iron fence along the side of your Victorian home may be just enough to define the space without additional fencing. Wrought-iron fencing comes in both ornate and contemporary designs and several different heights. Solid weave, picket-style and other types of fencing comes in different heights, patterns and materials.

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Based in Florida, Bren Hahn has been writing technology and library grants, program descriptions, blogs and lifestyle articles since 1990. She holds a Bachelor of Science in technical education and industry training from the University of Central Florida and certifications in business and media education.