To say we're excited about getting a fence this week is an understatement. Life with two pups and a toddler has been an adjustment since moving to Colorado, we haven't had a fence for almost eight months! Our large pup has been spending his days on the front porch with his leash on, and our little pup has been inside more than she'd prefer. Once our fence is up we can let our pups out freely, and Ester can explore to her heart's content without running off into neighbors' yards.
Because we live in a new neighborhood with an HOA, we're not able to choose our fence style or color, which actually makes our neighborhood look clean and tidy. We have to use five foot vinyl paneled fencing in an almond color. If we had our choice, and lived in a more diversified neighborhood we'd choose something different, but the best thing about the 5ft height is it doesn't cut us off completely from our neighbors. Imposing fences at six or eight foot heights can either be a blessing or a curse, depending on your neighbors and your own preferences.
If you're looking to add a fence to your yard, or possibly a privacy panel, there are endless options. Some are great for DIY projects, while others may require a contractor.
Hedge or Evergreen Fence
An evergreen fence would be absolutely lovely. Not only would it naturally attract wildlife to the yard, but it adds a depth to the yard that a man-made border can't. We live rather close to a major highway, and growing a hedge fence would be ideal for cutting down on the highway noise. There is required maintenance with hedges, you'd have to trim them twice a year, but all fences require some form of maintenance.
Natural fencing allows for native plants to thrive right in your own backyard. If you have young children, it creates an environment full of exploration.
Wooden fences are quite common. The materials are easy to find at a hardware store, and many families choose to install wooden fences on their own. When we lived in Texas we added a wooden privacy screen to our front porch. We loved the horizontal orientation as opposed to traditional, vertical pickets.
While wooden fences may be the most cost effective border, they require consistent maintenance. Often times they need to be replaced within 10-15 years. A wooden fence adds a natural border to your yard, and given the endless stain/finish options, you can truly make your fence something that works with your home and space.
A composite fence requires much less maintenance but can cost significantly more. This type of fencing gives the home a modern border; it's common today to choose the darker colors of composite fencing for mid century modern style architecture. They create a smooth and neutral backdrop for a lush garden. You can order this type of fencing from EcoLife Products.
We love wrought-iron fences if they're paired with the right home. Not all types of homes welcome this look; more traditional and historical homes, or Spanish style homes look best paired with an iron fence..
Iron fences are sophisticated, and make for a lovely garden backdrop, especially with ivy and other crawling vines. They last for several years, and while they allow less privacy, the provide added security.
*This is a collaborative post.