Tips for Installing a Privacy Fence

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Installing a privacy fence can be done using traditional cedar planks at a 6-foot or 4-foot height, or plants can be used to block off an area. Use bamboo, arbor vitas or holly to gain privacy in a yard with helpful information from a sustainable... View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen and in this segment we're going to talk about tips for installing a privacy fence. Now it's always nice to have a fence between yourself and your neighbors especially if you like your privacy. And I have found, whether it's a six-foot tall fence or four-foot tall fence; if you want to talk to your neighbors and it's six feet tall, you're not going to be able to talk to them over the fence. So sometimes a shorter fence is better than a taller fence and you don't necessarily have to use wood. Cedar is the best for a privacy fence; but if you have a great relationship with your neighbors, why not use a row of plants? Use Arbor Vitas or Camellias or Holly or Hydrangeas or any type of beautiful shrubs to separate yourselves from your neighbors. You can also put bamboo in large containers. Bamboos are great plant for privacy. So there's lot of tips that you can use for privacy fencing; but make sure that when you're installing your fence that you have the poles set first in cements and make sure before you put the wood up, that it's line straight. And if there's any dispute about your line with the neighbors, it's worth spending the money in hiring a surveyor and making sure that you know exactly where your fence line is because you don't want install a fence and find out a few years later that you're on your neighbor's property and vice versa. So when installing a privacy fence, make sure if you're not doing the work that you get at least three bids from three reputable fence builders and then that way you can select the best builder for your fence; or, you can build the fence yourself. A privacy fence will last many years if it's built correctly.