Monday, October 26, 2009

Design A Fence For A Flower Garden

Design a fence that gives passersby a peek, but protects your flowers from "petal pickers. "

Planting and tending a flower garden is a work of love and passion. Hours are spent to get the soil right, the flower selections right, watering and fertilization so that the flowers thrive. Installing a fence not only makes sense but also saves cents. It can be costly if not impossible to replace a bed of prize-winning roses or perennials you've had a long time. Designing a fence will protect the precious petals and blooms that have grown to become your pride and joy. The fence will also help protect your investment in money, time and getting your hands dirty to create your flower garden. Does this Spark an idea?


1. Design the fence so that passersby can view your flowers from the sidewalk and street while maintaining a sense of privacy for your home at the same time. Use metal or wrought iron for this look. Space the posts no less than 4 inches apart to prevent intruders from coming onto your property. Use wrought iron posts with pointed tops for another element of security.

2. Use a short fence design for a flowerbed that borders the perimeter of your house. Consider ready-made white picket fencing or lattice. Allow for the height of the stakes when you push them into the ground to determine the height of plants or trailing flowers that will work best with the final height of the fence.

3. Make the fence height at least 3 feet to protect your flowers from being nibbled by pets and to protect the pets and small children from eating flowers, foliage or plants that could be harmful or even poisonous. Use mulch around the border for the fence to create a neat look and to maintain moisture for the flower garden.

4. Consider invisible fencing as a material to keep dogs from destroying flowers in a backyard garden and other areas landscaped with flowers. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for installing the invisible fence and fitting your dog with the collar device. Create a bed of mulch, 2 to 4 feet in height, to border the flower garden and define the invisible fence line.

5. Use railroad ties or wood to design a combination fence and border treatment for a raised flowerbed. Design the height of the fence so that it does not dominate the look of the flowerbed. Keep the number of stacked railroad ties to no more than four to achieve a balanced look.

6. Design a brick or stone fence for a natural, rustic look. Create a layout on paper with the width and height for the fence to determine how many bricks and stones you will need, for example, 8 inches per brick. Allow about 1/2 inch for the mortar in between each brick. Experiment with a small quantity of stones to determine how many stones you will need for each foot of the fence before making your final purchase.

7. Make a creative fence for the flowerbed by using pots and planters. Design the fence so that it will not block shorter flowers from view. Select same-shade flowers such as white petunias or alyssum for a continuous flow of color and make a design statement. Use a combination of various pots, such as clay or enamel, or stick with one style to give the fence continuity in design.

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