Fence owners have many different personalities and wooden fences come in many different styles to reflect this. Whether you choose to build your own fence or buy a ready-made structure to install, you can express yourself as you choose with a funky, unusual alternative to the typical white picket fence.
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If you want to go as far away from the orderly suburban aesthetic as possible, consider a rustic fence. Rustic fences are made with thick timber uprights with thinner slats interlocking in a diamond pattern between. Many rustic fences have the bark still attached to the wood, giving the fence a raw, unpolished look. A more primitive rustic fence style mimics the look of historic cattle fences. Thick horizontal members are supported on heavy vertical posts to create a strong, solid border that does not block the view.
If you are a fan of garden vines, use a trellis fence to create an artistic border with a surprising amount of privacy. Select trellis panels in any design from a simple crisscross to an ornate, arched pattern and ring them around your garden. Plant flowering vines such as morning glory for a bright summer bloom or evergreen vines, such as English Ivy, for all season privacy. If you opt for ivy, be sure to plant a nonaggressive strain or you will wind up with unhappy neighbours when the plant begins to colonise their lawn.
Stone and Wood
Give your wooden fence depth by using stone supports. Install heavy stone columns around the periphery of your yard. Install wooden fence panels in whatever style you choose, using the stone columns as supports. The stone will give the fence a heavy, substantial feel and add a touch of formality. For a more decorous look, top the stone supports with planters and grow bright flowers or trailing vines from the top of your fence.
If you live in a relaxed area with neighbours who value self-expression, install a junk fence. Start with a standard wooden fence--the heavy wooden wall "good neighbor" variety works well. Nail assorted decorative junk to it to give it an interesting offbeat feel. Add wooden child gates, lawn art, old posters and even stools and other small pieces of furniture to the side or top of the fence to create a three-dimensional collage that will amuse your friends and neighbours. Just be careful not to block the sidewalk.
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