Fallen fence makes opening for good neighbor
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.
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.