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How to hide an eye sore?


By Ban0ne

Wiltshire, United Kingdom Gb

I have a feather edge fence along the bottom of my garden, beyond the fence is a field, I believe still owned by the company who sold me my house, someone has dumped a hideous caravan behind my fence!! I can see the top of the thing over the top, and I need something to put along the top of the fence to screen it, any ideas? I thought of putting bamboo along the front of my existing fence, maybe trellis along the top, but not sure this would look very good on a continuous fence....?
I should also say, I'm about to redesign the whole garden, and was going to have a border along this fence.

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I think a deep and wide border is the answer, actually - if you make a border 5 or 6 feet deep from front to back, and then make sure you plant 2 or 3 taller shrubs, preferably evergreen, they will grow up beyond the fenceline and block your view. Trellis sections stuck on top would look odd, and I'm not sure how you'd do it anyway without it looking awful. Trouble is, I'm not sure whether your garden is big enough for a border that's wide enough from front to back to do the job!

4 Jul, 2010


Thank you Bamboo, this section of the garden is 7.5 x 7.5m, I don't particularly want a border as deep as 6ft though to be honest, I think 3ft would be the depth I'm looking at. I think I may temporarily staple some bamboo or willow rolls to the fence whilst I'm waiting for the plants to grow.....hopefully not too long! Although I think the willow will improve the boring fence anyway.
Any suggestions for fast growing shrubs/trees?

4 Jul, 2010


Not really if its only going to be 3 feet deep - you'll have to use columnar plants only, because anything that gets 10 feet high will also need to have a spread of at least five or even six feet. Better check out columnar shaped conifers, I guess.

4 Jul, 2010


Hi BanOne...
Take a look at my blog from 17 April 2009 "Can we fix it, yes we can" and my photo of 25th April, 2009, "Against All Odds"... ... might give you some ideas for a quick fix solution above your fence.......

I hope this helps :o)

4 Jul, 2010


Thank you Terratoonie. Some good ideas here, I was looking at clematis actually, so your trellis idea on metposts might be a way forward.
p.s Beautiful little helpers you have! ;o)

5 Jul, 2010


Thanks BanOne...
I couldn't do all that gardening on my own...
... need my little canine helpers ;o)
Good luck with your trellis and clematis..
maybe plant a mixture of evergreen and deciduous clematis..

...and perhaps take photos and make a blog to show us the results! :o)

5 Jul, 2010

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