Fallen fence makes open­ing for good neigh­bor

Austin American-Statesman - - GARDENING - By M. Sin­clair Stephens

For sub­ur­ban and ur­ban gar­den­ers, fence build­ing and mend­ing comes with the ter­ri­tory. Be it wood or chain link, find­ing so­lu­tions can be dif­fi­cult es­pe­cially if you’ve al­ready in­vested in the flora grow­ing along and on your fence line.

Cen­tral Austin gar­den blog­ger M. Sin­clair Stephens re­cently un­der­took the task of mak­ing a bet­ter border with her neigh­bors. She tells the fol­low­ing tale on her blog Zan­than Gar­dens. For more pic­tures from her fence project, go to her blog at www.zan­than.com/gar­dens/gar­den­log.

Born and bred in the Amer­i­can South­west, I have a long­ing for wide open spa­ces, but given my ur­ban re­al­ity, I ap­pre­ci­ate how fences make good neigh­bors. My gar­den is bor­dered by six neigh­bors, and the re­sult­ing fence line is a patch­work of picket, chain link and wooden pri­vacy fences (each of a dif­fer­ent de­sign). I’ve been lazy about fence main­te­nance, and some­times my pro­cras­ti­na­tion has paid off.

Half (about 40 feet) of a fence that one neigh­bor re­placed in 2003 bor­dered an­other neigh­bor. Af­ter seven years, the fence fi­nally col­lapsed un­der the weight of ivy. I de­cided to take on my share of neigh­borly obli­ga­tion and re­place it.

M. Sin­clair Stephens

When a sec­tion of fence shared by neigh­bors col­lapsed, Austin gar­den blog­ger M. Sin­clair Stephens de­cided to fill the gap. But the path to build­ing this ap­peal­ing fence wasn’t com­pletely smooth.

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