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What are some ideas for arbor construction?

Arbors - Homemade

Although ready-made arbors are easy to find, homemade structures may be just as effective. Rustic wooden poles (treated with preservative only where they will have contact with the ground) and cross beams of driftwood or store bought latticework furnish an informal style appropriate to many country gardens.

   
What are some ideas for a fence design?

Split Rail fences

A fencing design with a long history is split rail. Lumberyards carry posts with holes already cut in them and cedar or redwood rails for cross members. Pine will sag over time so the harder woods are the better choice. Split rail fencing may not provide privacy, but it can enhance the character of the architecture of the house or define a yard without natural boundaries.

   
Are there legal requirements to follow when building a fence?

legal requirements?

The construction of fences may be regulated by local building codes, which may restrict the height, materials and location on your property. Check local building regulations before planning and building any fence, gate or wall.

   
What are some considerations when designing a fence system?

consider integration

It may be important to integrate fences or walls into the landscape and regional character of the neighborhood. They can reflect the architectural style of the home and community. Look at the fences in the surrounding community—study the materials they are made of-wood, stone, brick or chain-link-to determine the suitability for your yard.

   
Is board-and-batten a good choice for fencing?

Board-and-Batten fences

Board and batten fencing is a good design for privacy screening and at the same time allows for air circulation. The basic design for this type of fence is support posts connected by cross members, with planks then added parallel to the posts on alternate sides of the cross members. If you use planks of different widths and vary them randomly the resulting textural variety is attractive.

   
Can arbors attach to a house?

Arbors - attach to a house

Arbors covered with a deciduous vine and attached to a house share their shade in the summer and, in winter, allow the sun's warmth to enter. Some choices include the hop vines (Humulus lupulus), various grapevines and ivies, flowering clematis, honeysuckle, and jasmines.

   
How can I have, both a privacy, and decorative fence?

idea for privacy fence

A fence provides privacy, but select a style, such as lattice, that lets air circulate while blocking the view. Dress it up with an apple tree or pyracantha trained in a decorative design on a wire grid.

   
How can a fence look more natural in a landscape?

Integrating fences with plantings

Fences or walls that are integrated into “planted” landscapes produce a natural look. Shrubs and hedges can disguise a fence, soften the look of a wall or even conceal barbed wire. Plants can provide privacy and limited noise control.

   
Can roses be intergrown with other plants on arbors?

Arbors - for rose cultivation

One great advantage of using arbors in the cultivation of roses is the opportunity for experimentation they allow. Climbers and ramblers and even some shrub roses that bloom just one season can be interplanted with repeat bloomers to avoid a wispy look.

   
How can an arbor add interest to a landscape?

Arbors and Pergolas

Arbors and pergolas always create a destination and can spark interest even in a small garden, They can be inviting and pretty and offer an attractive spot to read in the shade, but most important they provide support for an endlessly interesting variety of plants, from deciduous and evergreen vines to climbing roses.

   
How can I perk up my deck?

Perking Up a Deck or Terrace

Perk up a deck or terrace in summer with pots of annuals and herbs - try fragrant varieties like nicotiana. For eye-appeal in winter, plant dwarf conifers in containers.

   
What type of fence can be used around a pool area?

fencing around pool areas

A well designed metal railing fence can keep small children and uninvited guests from entering a swimming pool area. The fences open structure will allow cool breezes and warm sunshine to enter the surrounding pool area.

   
What should I consider before deciding on a fence?

considerations before deciding on a fence

There are many things to consider when deciding whether to build a fence or even a wall. The first and most important is the need or purpose of the structure. Do you need a fence or a wall? Then decide on the architectural style or design and type of materials to use. Finally, integrate the design with your landscape, (and don't forget to estimate the costs!)

   
What are some practical purposes of fences?

practical purposes

Fences can be used to establish a property line and act as visual boundary markers. They can help define the specific areas of use in a landscape: recreation area, vegetable or flower gardens, storage or relaxation.

   
Can fences provide protection?

fences or walls for protection

Tall walls or solid board fences are effective barriers that can keep people or animals in or out of a specific area. It's the psychological effect of a “solid” fence that may sometimes be more effective at stopping intruders than taller, open types of fencing that allow the view of the interior. Barrier fences or walls are usually over 6 feet tall.

   
Are board-and-batten fences easy to maintain?

Board-and-batten maintenance

Board-and-batten fences are difficult to paint. The best choice would be to stain it or buy treated wood and let the fence weather naturally. These fences can be made with pre-cut lumber or bought in kit form.

   
What are some ideas for plantings on a fence or wall?

"plantings" on a fence

Fences and walls can support espaliers or vines or transform a steep slope into a terraced garden. Golden delicious apple trees espaliered on post and wire fence can resemble a hedge and at the same time provide a bountiful harvest of edible fruit…and probably requires no more space than many fences.

   
How can a fence change the climate in a garden or small area?

can serve as windbreaks

Fences, walls and screens alter microclimates in gardens, serving as windbreaks or creating shade in sunny locations. Microclimates are small areas in a landscape that have different climate conditions. Temperatures can be altered by carefully planning the type of fence or wall and location in the landscape.

   
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