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How to hide a neighbor's ugly fence

Updated April 17, 2017

Few things are as frustrating as spending time and money on a beautifully landscaped lawn, only to have a neighbour put up an unsightly fence and ruin all your hard work. Although you cannot force the neighbour to tear down the fence, you can hide the fence without detracting from the natural beauty of the area. Wax myrtle plants form a dense border, providing food and shelter to area wildlife while shielding the eyesore from view.

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Weed the area to remove any grass, weeds or other plants.

Dig holes 5 to 10 feet in front of the fence every 10 feet along the fence. The holes should be large enough to hold the wax myrtle root ball with several inches on all sides to allow the roots to spread as they grow.

Place one wax myrtle plant in each hole, and fill each hole with soil, taking special care not to cover the boot.

Water the plants regularly to maintain damp soil. The soil should be moist to a soil depth of 6 inches.

Prune the plants as needed to encourage dense foliage.


Other trees that form an effective privacy border are columnar hornbeam, Dawyck purple beech, columnar oaks, eastern white pine and Arborvitae. Plant your border in early spring. That gives you time to establish your plants before summer heat arrives. If space allows, plant another row 5 to 10 feet in front of the first row, staggering the plants. In this way, they look like they are 5 feet apart and will make a quicker screen.


Don't use much mulch around the plants until the temperatures get hot. Mulch will help the plants retain moisture.

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Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Wax myrtle plants
  • Water

About the Author

A professional writer and editor, Kristi Roddey began freelancing in 1999. She has worked on books, magazines, websites and computer-based training modules, including South Carolina Educational Television's NatureScene Interactive, "Planted Aquaria," "Xtreme RC Cars" and online courses for Education To Go, Inc. Roddey holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of South Carolina.

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