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Tips When Planting a Hedge Near Your Fence

You might decide to plant a hedge next to your fence to present a more aesthetically pleasing view from your perspective inside the fence. There are some important considerations for success that apply when planting a hedge against a fence.

Make a Plan

Before purchasing plants for your hedge, you’ll need to do some research on the different types of shrubs available. You can choose from evergreens, those that add interest when they drop their leaves, and flowering varieties. The shrub may litter the ground with spent blossoms or seeds, or require frequent trimming and shaping. Some shrubs that are commonly planted as hedges have thorns or poisonous fruits and shouldn’t be planted around children or pets.

Hedge Size

You’ll need to determine the size of the hedge you want, which will also help eliminate some types of shrubs from your list. There are dwarf varieties that achieve a height of 2 feet, while larger species can attain heights of 6 to 8 feet.

Distance From Fence

A planting distance of 18 to 24 inches away from the fence is typically sufficient for traditional, classic types of shrubs, but it will depend on the type of hedge. Yew is a good choice since it tolerates shade, while you may prefer the formality of boxwood or the blossoms of flowering quince. Tall hedge plants will typically need additional room for the plant to grow appropriately. Planting too close will result in a hedge that’s full on one side and “flat” on the side next to the fence.

Time Investment

Some hedges require a significant amount of time and effort to keep them looking good and within their allotted boundaries. You may not have the time required to perform those tasks yourself. However, you always have the option of hiring a landscape professional who has the knowledge and expertise to keep your hedge looking great.

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Maximize Your Home’s Value with a Fence

There are dozens of ways that you can increase your home’s value and one of the most effective is with a fence. The installation benefits you and is an attractive feature for potential buyers should you decide to put your home on the market.

It Shows You Care

A well-maintained fence projects the perception of a home and grounds that have been cared for in the best way possible.

Positioning

Where the fence is positioned affects the look and feel of the property. A fence has the ability to make property look larger or smaller. A backyard fence that blocks an undesirable view can make the property infinitely more attractive, while a fence in the front yard can detract from the home and reduce curb appeal.

Purpose

Fences serve a variety of functions from privacy and safety to security. They prevent intruders from entering the property, keep nosy neighbors and passersby from knowing your business, and keep children, the elderly and pets safe. Privacy, safety and security are all major concerns for homeowners and potential buyers. Fencing that serves those purposes can add immensely to home values and make your property more attractive to potential buyers.

A fence doesn’t have to be one that encompasses the entire property. A small or minimal fence is effective for hiding unsightly items that includes generators and A/C units, power boxes, and trash receptacles. Keeping those items out of sight increases the curb appeal of the entire property.

Material

The type of material chosen for your fence will seriously impact your property value. While a chain link fence is an expedient and relatively inexpensive solution, it’s not as visually appealing as wood, PVC or SimTek®. PVC and SimTek® also have the advantages of being able to withstand hurricane force winds.

Installation

Fencing that has been professionally installed wins hands down over a barrier that was a DIY project. Having your fence installed by professionals ensures that it endures and demonstrates that you care about the property, thereby maximizing its value.

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Design or Function: How to Choose the Right Fence

A multitude of fence design options are available and choosing just one can be difficult. The first step is deciding the purpose for which the fence is being erected. With the wide range of materials available, it’s possible to combine form and function into stunning fencing that serves it’s intended purpose and enhances property value.

Depending on the usage, individuals can fence all or a portion of their property. Homeowners can choose from wood, aluminum, chain link, PVC and SimTek® materials. Fencing is offered in multiple colors and varying heights to accommodate multiple requirements. Individuals can also select fencing that emulates the appearance of wood and stone.

Kids Safety

Children are naturally curious. A solid fence is an ideal way to keep them safely contained within a specific area and secure from prying eyes. Chain link is an effective barrier, but doesn’t provide a decorative element or prevent others from seeing in.

Noise Buffer

A solid fence is an effective noise barrier to reduce the sound of traffic and that of nearby neighbors. An added advantage is that it reduces the amount of sound emitted to neighbors and passersby. Some materials are more effective than others.

Pets

The most often used fencing for dog containment is chain link and it can be equipped with an underground cable for dogs that dig. Solid fencing is particularly beneficial for canines that are overly excited by outside stimuli. Chain link can be fitted with a special tarp to block the dog’s view, but lacks aesthetic value.

Privacy

A solid fence prevents others from seeing in and can be highly decorative. It’s equally effective for entire properties or just to enclose a family area.

Security

Chain link is great for security, but isn’t very decorative. Aluminum provides security and an aesthetically appealing appearance. Solid fencing materials can be an equally effective barrier and prevent intruders from finding handholds with which to climb over.

Wind Barrier

SimTek® is an excellent wind barrier that can withstand sustained hurricane force winds up to 110 mph. It’s durable, environmentally-friendly, isn’t damaged by salt water or UV rays, and is almost maintenance free.

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Why get a Land Survey Before Fence Installation

Erecting a fence can beautify and add value to homes and businesses. Installing a fence can provide safety, security and privacy. A fence is beneficial for discouraging the neighbor’s weeds from encroaching on the property, keeping out wildlife, concealing unattractive features, and delineating property boundaries. Bear in mind that local laws may dictate that an individual consults with their neighbors before erecting a fence.

Land Limits

Even if an individual has a plat map or legal description of their property, it will probably provide little assistance in determining exactly where their property lines are since most people won’t be able to convert those descriptions into the physicality of their land.

It doesn’t matter whether individuals are performing a do-it-yourself project or hiring a professional fence installer. Without an accurate and very recent survey, individuals could easily discover that they’ve erected their fence on the neighbor’s property. Many fence installers won’t even attempt to erect a fence without a survey.

Improper Materials

Municipalities typically have rules and regulations about fences, including their height the appearance of the gate, and the type of materials from which they can be constructed. Those rules can be especially stringent for those governed by an HOA.

Consequences

Erecting a fence on the neighbor’s property will have consequences. Individuals will be required to engage in the very costly removal of the fence. Any attachments or structures that encroach of the property line as a result of the misplaced fence will also need to be removed such as children’s playsets, greenhouses, gardens, a treehouse or swimming pool, and patios or decks.

Litigation

Depending on the neighbor’s mood and the individual’s relationship with them, overstepping the bounds of the property can result in an expensive lawsuit. It will still end with the removal of the fence and any other installations that are on the neighbor’s land. Individuals may also face fines from the local government entity.

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5 Things That Determine Fence Price

One of the most common problems for those desiring a fence is underestimating the cost. There are many factors to be considered and the fencing itself is just one aspect. A number of variables will determine the final cost of the project. The following are five elements that every individual should consider before erecting a fence.

Yard Size

A smaller yard will obviously cost more to fence than a large one since it will take less material. It’s a good idea for individuals to measure the area to be fenced before they talk to an installer. They should also know the purpose they want the fence to serve. It’s possible that a smaller area would work equally well for uses such as a play area or dog fence.

Material

The type of material selected for the fence will significantly impact the price. Individuals have a choice of wood and chain link to aluminum and PVC. In Florida, one of the most popular choices is SimTek® due to its environmentally-friendly profile and its ability to withstand hurricane force winds.

Soil Composition

Few people think about their soil in any terms other than their lawn. However, the type of soil in which the fencing will be installed will have a substantial impact on the cost. Sandy soil may require deeper postholes and/or concrete for stability, while loamy ground can require larger posts or footings. Clay is hard and difficult to dig in and silty soil provides stability problems when it gets wet.

Land Slopes

Hills and uneven terrain present special challenges and will require extra work by installers. They may need to bring in heavy equipment to level the ground or otherwise make it more amenable to the installation. That will also entail more labor costs.

Permits

Every municipality has permit requirements that must be met before a fence can be erected and the costs can vary widely. The installer will be able to obtain the permit and its cost will be figured into the cost of the installation.

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Hiding Outdoor Eyesores

There are more rules and regulations than ever before governing the appearance of property and that’s especially true for those that answer to an HOA. No matter where an individual lives, no one wants to look at eyesores in their yard and fencing can solve those unsightly problems with style, beauty and sophistication.

With today’s options, individuals can choose from fencing that emulates the look of high-end wood, stone and granite. Today’s manufacturing processes have created fencing able to withstand hurricane-force winds, that’s resistant to fading and saltwater, and is recyclable.

Vertical and horizontal options are available and fencing doesn’t need to encompass the entire property to be effective. Strategic placement of single fence panels is effective for hiding eyesores and they’re equally appropriate for creating enclosures. Always consult with a professional fence installer. Professionals will know the prevailing standards and be able to obtain any permits needed. Fencing is effective for concealing the following:

  • Electrical boxes
  • Electric vehicle charging stations
  • Satellite dishes
  • HVAC units
  • Emergency generators
  • Solar panels
  • Trash receptacles
  • Clotheslines
  • Lawn furniture
  • Outbuildings
  • Children’s toys
  • ATVs, motorcycles, and PWCs

While hiding eyesores is an excellent reason for erecting a fence or individual panels, there’s another good reason for fencing. It serves as a barrier to prying eyes that could be too interested in the possessions a family has amassed.

A great number of items and installations are necessary for the operation of the utilities and conveniences people take for granted every day, but that doesn’t mean they’re attractive or a pleasure to view. Erecting fencing to camouflage those infrastructure elements adds curb appeal and can even act as a focal interest for vining plants.

Individuals have a multitude of selections from which to choose. Chain link is available with screens or slats that can be added, along with long-lasting aluminum, PVC and SimTek®. Fencing can be erected in horizontal or vertical arrangements to accommodate the concealment of any eyesore.

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Modern Fencing Trend: Horizontal Fencing

For decades, the standard in fencing has primarily consisted of vertical pickets and uprights. It’s a tried-and-true design popularized by the white picket fence model depicted in films and TV. Fencing design professionals originally introduced the horizontal fence in the 1950s and 1960s.

After a substantial run of popularity, fencing again returned to the vertical model. Today, individuals are seeking ways to express a greater sense of style in their fencing. The result is that those that want something new and trendy have reimagined horizontal fencing in multiple ways.

Aside from the unique appearance of a horizontal fence, they’re also quicker to install and they’re often less expensive since less material is needed to achieve the same effect as a vertical fence. They typically buffer more street noise than vertical fencing and a horizontal fence tricks the eye into perceiving a larger area than there actually is, which is handy for anyone trying to sell their home.

There are no hard and fast rules for today’s horizontal design. Individuals can incorporate different types of materials in their fencing. People are combining alternating colors and planks of varying widths for visual interest. No one ever said fence planks have be perfectly aligned and many are opting for planks that are staggered and uneven.

There’s also no rule that says fencing has to be constructed of the same type of wood. Fashionable homeowners across the nation are designing fencing that utilizes planks of different wood types. Pine, cedar and redwood are the most popular material combinations.

Once widely used for furniture, bamboo is quickly becoming a preferred fencing material as it weathers well in outdoor environments. An additional benefit is that bamboo is a renewable and eco-friendly resource.

If none of those options are appealing, there’s also louvred models – an entirely new direction for fencing. The louvres can be adjusted – just like louvred windows – to allow for specific levels of privacy.

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How to Choose your Fence Height

There’s no “right” fence height, but it’s important that you know why you’re installing a fence. Most people install a fence for safety, security or privacy. Others want to establish a boundary between their property and their neighbor. No matter the reason for the fence, there are some mitigating circumstances that can curtail the height of the fence you want.

Anyone that’s governed by a homeowner’s association (HOA) will need to check with the organization first. HOAs have very strict rules about the height, type and materials for fencing, if it’s allowed at all. The second obstacle could be local governmental regulations that limit the height of a fence and how it must be erected. For instance, stockade fencing must be installed with the “pretty” side out.

Boundaries

Fencing for boundary lines can range from 3 to 6 feet in height. Some homeowners choose to have a 3-ft. fence in front with a 6-ft. fence for the back of the property for added privacy. In many locales, your neighbor may have to approve the fence and its height prior to installation.

Privacy

If privacy is your primary goal, you’ll need a fence of at least 6-ft. in height. That height is sufficient to prevent passing strangers and nosy neighbors from peering in. For the ultimate in privacy, fences are available in heights of 7-8 ft. However, obtaining approval for a fence that tall may prove difficult.

Unwanted Intruders

A 6-ft. fence is typically tall enough to discourage most forms of wildlife. The exception to that would be deer that are capable of jumping an 8-ft. fence. Keeping humans out of your yard is a little more difficult. A 6-ft. fence will usually discourage a casual intruder, while a motivated burglar may not be so easily deterred even by an 8-ft. fence. For those instances, spikes and similar embellishments can be added to the top.

Kids and Pets

Anyone with children or pets know how quickly they can go over or under a barrier. Never underestimate a youngster’s ability to climb and crawl. To keep young children in, a 4-ft. fence will suffice, but to prevent contact with passersby, choose a 6-ft. fence. This is also true for canines – they can jump over, crawl under, slip between pickets, and even crawl up the fence if they can get a toe-hold. Make sure a self-locking secure gate is included in the design and specially designed barriers for small dogs and puppies.

Pools and Gardens

A 4-ft. fence is typically sufficient for gardens to keep out rabbits and other wildlife and regulations usually stipulate a 4-ft. fence for pools. Other safety measures will be mandated for pool fences and height from the ground.

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5 Fence Etiquette Tips to Keep your Neighbors Happy

You may be proud of your new fence, but your neighbor may not share your enthusiasm. The fence you install may have ramifications for the neighbor(s) yards. A significant portion of the population display emotions ranging from puzzlement and indignation to outright anger over a fence. To head off potential disputes, you should observe proper fence etiquette.

Inform Your Neighbor

It’s just a common courtesy to have a friendly conversation with any neighbors that could be impacted and let them know what you want to do. Depending on local regulations, they may be financially responsible for a portion of the upkeep. If you have a homeowner’s association (HOA), never erect a fence unless you get approval in writing first.

Boundaries

Before erecting any type of fence, it’s critical that you know exactly where your property line is located. Impinging on your neighbor’s property by as little as an inch can mean you have to take down the fence and relocate it. It may be convenient to rely on the property’s plat map but to be absolutely positive of your boundaries, hire a surveyor that will place physical markers on the lines.

In or Out

Bear in mind that standard procedure is to install a fence with the finished or “pretty” side facing outward. If you want to view the same beauty of the fence on the inside as the rest of the world sees, consider a double-sided fence.

Maintenance

Few things are as distasteful to look at as a fence that’s fallen into disrepair. Fences that are sagging, leaning, have fallen prey to insects, or needs painting or staining is unpleasant and lowers home values. If you don’t have time to perform the proper maintenance, there are a variety of fencing material options that are almost completely maintenance-free and will even withstand hurricane force winds.

Fencing Contractors

The happiness and satisfaction you have in your new fence will depend largely on the experience, reliability and professionalism of your contractor. Compare installers and choose with care.

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Does Fence Color Matter?

Faced with the extensive variety of colors available with modern fencing, many individuals throw up their hands in frustration – after all, it’s just fencing. However, the color of fencing is just as important as the type and style of fencing that’s chosen. When fencing is installed, it’s one of the first things that others will notice and they’ll form an opinion about the property, residents, and even the neighborhood based on its appearance.

Fencing is an extension of the home and while it needs to be complementary, it doesn’t necessarily have to be the same color. It’s a way to showcase your style, but the goal is to achieve a balanced appearance, while remaining within the parameters and reasons for installing the barrier.

It’s also a good idea to consider the colors of the plantings, lawn furniture, decks and other aspects of the yard when working toward a balanced perspective. Don’t forget to consult with the homeowner’s association (HOA) if there is one. There are typically stringent guidelines concerning fencing.

Make a Statement

For homes in shades of black, brown or grey, a contrasting color that adds a touch of color can be used to create a dramatic statement. Conversely, for homes with unique exteriors that demand attention on their own, a fence in white, neutral or subtle colors will complement the landscape without detracting from the colorful statement that is the house.

Shades of blue and gray siding can easily be paired with a white fence for preference. Homes that feature a textured exterior such as brick, stucco or stone look stunning when highlighted by a bronze or natural aluminum fence. If the home has shutters or trim of a specific color, matching the fence colors to those features is an easy way to bring together all of those elements and create an accent point.

Old or New

Take the age of the home into consideration when choosing fencing. Many of the modern colors and styles may not go well with a structure built in the 1950s. There are dozens of color selections that will complement newly constructed homes and those that are relatively new. It can be helpful for individuals to take a photo of their home to their fencing specialist.

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