Making pretty from neighbors ugly fence.

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My neighbors built this ugly backwards fence.. How can I hide it with out having to build my own fence..? or move all my plants. I put up a little cover to hide the chain link fence.
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  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Aug 18, 2017
    With the plants you have at that height, you could raise the screen you already have there to the height of the wood support.
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  • Cindy Cindy on Aug 18, 2017
    Hello Julie, I would plant something with height in front of the neighbor's fence. Or bushes would look nice too. Perhaps Arborvitae.
  • Sharon Sharon on Aug 18, 2017
    Where ever I've lived, when you put up a fence, the good side has to face the neighbor unless you both agree to make both sides good.
    Was that tilting bamboo screening up first? maybe he was trying to hide it from his view?
  • Carey Carey on Aug 18, 2017
    Paint it, decorate it and/or learn to love it. I saw a cute idea just the other day at a home, they had obviously collected sea shells and had them placed on the board around their deck, in-between some lattice that was just above that board. SO you might put some lattice just the height above that board on their fence, to decorate from your side and add some sweet memento's of your own to make it something that you enjoy! The lattice doesn't have to stick up above their fence just below so that they don't see it from their side but you do from your side.
    Or plant a gutter with some sedum and hang on your chain link fence and consider the wood background as a natural backdrop for your pretty flowers. You are seeing people all over the place using OLD WOOD to make "Charming" decor! AND Get to know your neighbor and maybe you will find that the fence was intended to be nice! My son has a neighbor and they have a tall fence between them. They almost need to put a gate between the two yards. Their BIG dogs dig under the fence both ways, and they have to drive way around the road to go collect their dogs when the dogs decide they don't want to come back under and would rather stay and play or at times fight! A gate would sure make lives easier I think!
  • If you have the money, just purchase identical fence posts and attach at the horizontal cross pieces. I agree with Sharon, when on a property line, it should be mutually agreed upon. You could also tack the screening to the fence, just a tad bit higher.
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    • I am on a Nook and the photo will not enlarge. There is a chain link fence? I do not see it. If fence is clearly on her side, nothing you can do but beef up your side to make it look pretty again. If budget allows, build a similar fence on your side.
  • Julie Julie on Aug 19, 2017
    I didn't know I could paint, or attach anything to a fence I didn't buy etc... I was also thinking some kind of vines to grow at least to the long uneven boards. If it weren't fore the uneven boards I'd be fine with it... It's a fence made out of spite.
  • Janet AF Janet AF on Aug 20, 2017
    So the neighbor paid for 100 percent of the fence without expecting you to chip in? Did you offer to pay half? If so they probably would have made it attractive on both sides.
    But to address your question, I would not attach anything to the fence as if they decide to change or remove it your alterations maybe affected. I would plant some shrubs if the fence offends you. Personally I don't think it looks that bad but I you do planting shrubs seems like your best plan.

  • Irene Irene on Aug 20, 2017
    Get ride of the shorter leaning fence and plant some pretty evergreen shrubs that will grow high enough to cover the fence.
  • Jan Loehr Jan Loehr on Aug 20, 2017
    From what I see the tall wooden fence is a rather nice fence and gives a bit of privacy for both sides...but the leaning thing is a bit confusing...is this an attempt to hide the chain link fence? I would definitely remove the leaning fence, get rid of it, as it does nothing to improve the view...I would just remove your little shrubs and get a group of Arborvitaes which are lovely evergreens which grow ultimately to about 15 to 20 feet tall after many years, but it is great start to a beautiful living screen on your side and they will hide the wooden fence and solve your privacy and viewing and even increase your property value when it comes time to sell in the future, and is much cheaper than paying fence people thousands of $$$$$ for something which will be overkill....
  • KatAych KatAych on Aug 22, 2017
    Install some hanging planters and let the colorful plants cascade down the fence; sooner or later you won't notice the oddities in the fence, anymore, and you will have a lovely, colorful garden to enjoy!
  • Kelly Robertson Kelly Robertson on Jul 03, 2020

    I am so confused at the picture....is your fence the little one that’s falling over? The tall fence is your neighbors? You think that one is ugly or you don’t like how it’s taller than the little broken fence? If yours is the little one, I’d take it down, and as others mentioned, plant some nice flowers and shrubs.

  • Agent 67 Agent 67 on Dec 01, 2020

    How was that smaller fence even standing before? The “spite” fence looks way better even if it is facing out. Just throw everything else out.


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