PRIVACY FENCING ON A BUDGET
Can't afford to have a privacy fence installed? Can't afford to install the new Vinyl Fencing? What about Wood Fencing? No. I have an affordable solution. Privacy for the DIYer on budget.
The old fencing was removed and not replaced before we moved in. It left us looking at a large sports building with weeds and overgrowth. I hated looking out the window. Who wants to dread looking out the window? Not me!! The backyard is in need of a lot of work. The fencing is where I knew I wanted to start. On such a limited budget, where does one begin? Research sets in. After months of looking and brainstorming, Bamboo Reed Fencing was found. At approximately $23.27 for a 6' x 16' roll, I found my solution. One problem, it was very thin and you could see through it. One reviewer said they folded it over to make an 6'x 8' section. OK. Makes sense. What can I do to make it even more private? Landscaping material. It's black, wards off weeds, and it's $25-ish for 150'. BINGO!! Another issue, it's not incredibly sturdy. How do I make it sturdy and not fall apart at the first sign of a good storm? 6' tomato steaks. PERFECT!! Now to install. I started by cleaning up all the weeds and overgrowth on both sides of the fence. I know this will not be popular with some but I used weed killer on the other side of the fence. The owners do not keep the weeds and overgrowth pulled/trimmed. It gets crazy and brings unwanted critters. The weed killer and weed barrier should keep the overgrowth from infiltrating my yard. The next step was to put together the fencing and weed barrier and attach it to the fence. The end product is something I could not be happier with!
Before. This is after I cleaned out the weeds and brush on both sides of the fence.
I stretched out the Bamboo Fencing. It reached about 16'. I laid the weed barrier on 8' of the fence.
Then I sprayed both sides with professional strength glue. I followed the directions for dry time. Then I sprayed it again according to direction. I, then, folded one side over on top of the other side to make an 6'x8' section. I secured ends together with zip ties.
Before I attached it to the fence, I hammered two tomato stake in-between the two permanent fence posts. I used zip ties to attach the Bamboo Reed Fencing to the chain link fence. I used zip ties about every 8-12 inches. I made sure to pull the Fencing taut to keep it from bending. I, also, attached it to the top of the tomato steak which I hammered into the ground about a foot. Once I felt it was strong enough I moved on to another section. Each section was completed exactly the same.
I attached each preceding section to the previous one by about an inch. I used zip ties for this step too.
Here's a small view of the tomato stake.
Here's the finished product. I couldn't be happier with my Privacy on a Budget. I did this all by myself. I would recommend having a second set of hands for attaching each section to the old fence.
- 3 bags of Zip Ties (Ace Haedware)
- 5 rolls Bamboo Reed Fencing (Home Depot)
- Landscaping Material (weed barrier) (Home Depot)