My no-longer-horizontally-challenged fence
I finally had a horizontally-oriented fence built. I've been wanting one for quite a while. When you live in such an urban setting, on only a 60'x80' lot size (with a notch taken out of even that), and nine neighbors surrounding us, with six of those actually sharing the fence, fences are important.
|Early on, the bamboo seemed like a good idea – blocking |
neighboring views, and providing a pretty green backdrop.
The fence was falling apart, and the area between our two garages was so engulfed with Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica), an old chain link fence, and a large stump, that we decided together to have someone come in and clean out between the two garages and build a new fence. Most fence companies don't do the clean-up portion of the job, nor the bamboo-be-gone digging that would be required. But we did find a contractor that could fit this in between jobs.
|Then the bamboo got overwhelming. |
And started visiting neighbors.
I told them exactly what I was looking for. It is cedar, with horizontal planks. The planks at the bottom are the widest, getting narrower as they go up, with slightly more space between them as they go up too.
It had to be strong, too. Our driveway is narrow and long - it goes the full 80' of the lot. And it's where the snowplow pushes the snow. Last winter, the snow piled there by the plow and added to by us shoveling had the snow pile there at the height of the fence!
Anyone that was on the Garden Blogger's Fling in Toronto that met me probably knows I was carefully looking out for, and studying any horizontal fence we came across. It seems to be a trending fence style, as most newer fences we saw had a horizontal orientation.
|The adjacent fence. This is sort of how it looked before. |
gray, dirty, missing picket points, leaning.
Now I have to think about what to do with the fence and space design-wise. Left to its own devices, the cedar will turn silver gray over time. Not sure I want to have that happen. I like my color. I am considering a subtle stain of blue-green. Though I have not yet passed that by my executive committee.
|You can't tell here, but there's just a slight bit of space, |
between boards, to let in some light and air,
between the uppermost boards.
And then I have to start saving money to do the 80' section of the nearly 80' section of fence along the other side of the property that borders FOUR other houses.
|Here's the awkward space I have to plant.|
|I do have plenty of grasses to divide to put in that new space.|
|Between the garages got a coating of weed killer and there's still stuff growing underneath the landscape fabric.|
|Little gate for neighbor's access to the back of his garage, and to keep their dog in.|
|It brightens up the entire garden. But, as it ages, it'll become a silvery gray. Not sure if that's what I want.|
|A decent color would help make it a nice punctuation at the end of the driveway. I like the brightness.|
|Inspiration fence from the Forest Hill neighborhood in Toronto. Behind the horizontal slats was a large piece of shiny sheet metal. The fence glimmered as you walked by. This is my favorite fence of all time.|
|Another Forest Hill neighborhood fence from Toronto Garden Blogger's Fling.|
|Another horizontal fence, more of a screen in this setting between garden |
and where they park their car, in the Cabbagetown neighborhood of Toronto.
|And yet another inspiration fence from Toronto. this one was at the Toronto Botanical Garden.|