5 Proper Ways to Use Fences in a Landscape

Fences are one of the most challenging landscape elements. People often install fences without first thinking the project through and the less-than-satisfactory results can range from simply inappropriate to downright claustrophobic.

Most people use fences to create privacy yet they don’t realize there are different levels of privacy: full, moderate, and “suggested.” Wait, “suggested”? Yes, that’s a type of privacy in which an illusion of intimacy and separateness is created with light or low screening that doesn’t really hide anything from view, but rather suggests the space is set apart from the rest of the landscape. Knowing which level of privacy you’re looking to achieve will help you focus on appropriate designs and materials to create that specific effect.

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Good Garden Fences Make Good Landscape Neighbors

New Englanders have a love-hate relationship with walls and fences.  We want privacy, but we don’t want to offend.  We want connection with our neighbors, but not too much. Then we shy away from the cost of walls and fences and miss that great opportunity to build ourselves an inner sanctum of beauty and privacy.

In Robert Frost’s poem "Mending Wall" he clearly had the notion to take issue with walls or fences used for the sole purpose of claiming territory.  It was his neighbor who felt strongly that “good fences made good neighbors.”  Frost thought fences were good when one kept cows!

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