Fences, walls, and planted barriers, including hedges, all play an important role in landscaping in and around our homes. They can also increase security and privacy, and add a certain ambiance to the outdoor environment in which we live.
But how do you decide what type of barrier to choose? And how do you decide whether to construct a fence of some sort or grow a barrier instead?
Natural Enclosures and Backyard Fences
Whether you are planning to erect a fence around your property, in your backyard to screen certain areas, or to install a natural enclosure in your backyard or around your house, you need to have a clear vision of why you are doing this. The type of structure you choose will be determined largely by the function it is to fulfill.
So, for instance, if you want backyard fences or natural enclosures to provide security, it won’t be viable to simply plant a hedge because it’s going to take time to grow. While a hedge might provide a relatively impenetrable barrier over time, until it is established you will continue to be potentially vulnerable. The same applies to a barrier that is required for privacy or intended to provide a buffer from the wind. Then the best solution will usually be to construct a fence and plant adjacent to it for effect.
Hedges and planted screens are a valuable element in landscaping schemes, and they make fabulous natural enclosures. But they also take time to establish. So unless safety and security are not an issue, it is usually advisable to combine fencing with planting to achieve a required goal.
Even if you want the environmental effect plants can provide, having a solid fence as well as plants is usually beneficial, because it provides an initial infrastructure for you to use together with creepers, climbers, or a hedge.
Backyard Fences or Plants?
Anybody planning a fence will have to decide ultimately what they want it to look like. Not everybody wants to plant adjacent to fencing because the soil factor and need for watering can be detrimental to fencing, particularly if it is made of wood. So if you decide against any form of planting, you’re going to have to concentrate on a fence design that meets your functional needs.
If you aren’t sure which route to take, call the friendly professionals at Natural Enclosures Fence Company and we’ll glad assess your needs and offer advice. If you do know want you want, we’re happy to give you a free estimate right now.