Lattice is a material commonly used in gardens, consisting of criss-crossed strips of wood, vinyl or metal that form diamond or squares over the surface. Lattice is often used for all types of privacy fences, whether to provide privacy from neighbours or to screen portions of a landscape. It typically comes in 4-by-8 sheets, although smaller sheets are also available, and is significantly cheaper than purchasing solid wood fence planks.
Lattice, with its series of crosses and holes, is ideal for growing and supporting climbing vines. A lattice/vine fence is a cheaper alternative to a wood plank fence and allows you to surround your landscape with a wall of brilliant plant colours. Place fence posts around the perimeter of the yard with a top and bottom rail between them, as you'd do to build a standard privacy fence. Staple or nail lattice sheets to the top and bottom rails. Given the dimensions of a standard lattice sheet, the fence can be either 4 feet or 8 feet tall, or you can cut them to a shorter height. Once you've installed the fence, plant climbing vines such as clematis, wisteria, ivy, honeysuckle or roses along the fence and train them to grow in the lattice. The foliage will provide privacy through the gaps in the lattice.
Double Lattice Fence
Plants are not necessary for lattice privacy fences; two sheets of lattice hung together on a fence can obstruct most of the view through the fence. Hang one sheet of lattice on the back side of the fence. Hang the second sheet on the opposite side of the fence rails. When hanging the second side of lattice, position the sheet slightly off-centre from the first sheet so that the cross-sections line up with the diamond or square holes in the first lattice sheet. The cross-sections should block most, if not all, of the diamond gap, making it difficult to see through the fence.
You can add lattice fence toppers to existing plank fences to serve as decoration and add several extra inches of privacy to the top of the fence. To install a lattice fence topper, add extensions to each of the fence posts. Install a top and bottom rail to connect the fence post extensions. These rails will serve as frames for the lattice fence topper and you can set them as far apart as you wish. Trim the lattice sheets to fit the length between the fence rails and nail them in place around the fence. Stain or paint the lattice to match the rest of the fence, if desired.
Use privacy lattice to camouflage objects or sections of the landscape from view. Exposed air conditioning units, pool pumps and utility boxes, for example, stick out in otherwise well-manicured landscapes. It only takes a few hours to frame these unnatural objects behind a lattice fence and make them flow with the rest of the design. Nail sheets of lattice onto a frame of posts around the object and then paint them to match the house or outdoor shed. Add a piece of lattice to a frame of 2-by-4 boards and hinge it to the top of the latticed box to create a lid. You can also use lattice as skirting around the house to block the view of exposed foundations.
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