Are these posts too rough for a privacy fence?

I have these weathered cedar posts that were taken down from a farm somewhere. (Pic.1) They have knots and a rough surface.

I've long wanted a privacy fence in front of my clothesline. Ppl driving by have a view right up the hill of my laundry. (Pic.2)

In the aerial Picture 3, The three red lines are how I want to position the trellises.
So here are my questions:
… are the posts too rustic for such an important focal point? Consider that in a few years they will have rosebushes and clematis type vines growing up them.
Given that these are rough cedar posts, I am looking for ideas on what to use as the filler between the posts, that would block the view but still let the breeze through. Would it have to be some kind of rough wood too? Or should I just go w/the basic materials (?????) since it would be so hard to match?
q are these posts too rough for a privacy fence
rough posts lying in the grass. If you enlarge te picture, you can see how the posts have knots.
q are these posts too rough for a privacy fence
My clothes, the neighbor's house. I want to put the trellises right in front of the hanging laundry.
q are these posts too rough for a privacy fence
this is how I want to set it up. from above.
q are these posts too rough for a privacy fence
Google aerial. the trellises are red lines. The black lines are the clothesline and then a fence behind that.
q are these posts too rough for a privacy fence
  10 answers
  • Vicky Davis Vicky Davis on Nov 01, 2017
    I would use them! Use cement blocks so the posts don't have to be in the ground. And maybe the cattle panel type fence for the trellis parts. They will last a lot longer! And give the rough posts more support. They won't hide as much as the lattice would at first, but they will last longer.

    • Lynne Webb Lynne Webb on Nov 01, 2017
      You might use these posts and attach lattice (in 8' and more lengths) available in wood or vinyl at HD or Lowe's. Personally? I'd prefer the heavier weighted wooden ones. Vinyl screams plastic and the wood would probably attach to your posts easier with wood screws. Wood also, because it's heavier, and would make the whole thing more stable against strong wind.

  • Sophie Tucker Sophie Tucker on Nov 01, 2017
    Thank you, Vicky! I have to admit I had to look up cattle panel type fence :-) But it does look like it would do a good job! And thanks for the advice that I secretly wanted to hear!

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    • Claudine Claudine on Nov 07, 2017
      Vines can easily attach themselves to it so the openings could be filled in with foliage.

  • Melissa V Melissa V on Nov 01, 2017
    I have old-age-ism coming at me faster than I can get out of the way, and I complain about our trilevel home PLUS basement , which is where the laundry is located. I can’t imagine lugging laundry out to the yard that far away!

    Did you put the yellow smiley on the roof?

    I hope you still own a dryer-it’s not always clothesline weather 🌧💦🌬
    Also, I liked Vicky’s response 👍!

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    • Melissa V Melissa V on Nov 01, 2017
      That’s gotta get rough.
      Although I love the smell of fresh linens dried outside (as long as you live where the air is fresh and clean)!

  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Nov 01, 2017
    The old fence would add so much! While you are waiting for rosebushes and clematis vines to grow, nail empty plastic and metal cans (with or without labels) onto the posts. Plant the grass and weeds and vines you dig up from where the posts are now. They will fill up a lot of the spaces that will appear when you stack the posts. And you just pull the cans off when they are no longer needed. If you are going as rustic as that wall, go all the way to country settlement decorating!
    Also, consider leaving some old sheets or blankets (try Goodwill if you don’t have any) on the line all the time when you are not drying clothes. More privacy. As long as it’s not frilly underwear, you shouldn’t have complaints!

  • William William on Nov 01, 2017
    The rustic look of the fence post would definitely look great with the wire mesh (cattle) and would last longer than the lattice panels. The clematis would grow into it better and even a climbing roses.

  • Leah Leah on Nov 01, 2017
    The weathered posts will add character. They make a heavy duty plastic trellis. We used it to block the street on a part of our porch. It isopen to the weather and is still great after 10 years. In the summer we used morning gloy seeds ,and they grew all over it. You could even paint it whatever color you wanted. Easy to put up. Comes in large sheets.

  • Sophie Tucker Sophie Tucker on Nov 01, 2017
    ty Lparker, i used to have a good friend named lparker. I'll have to look up the plastic trellis, it would certainly be a flexible and portable solution!

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    • Leah Leah on Nov 02, 2017
      Lattice board is was what I meant. It is 10 to 15 foa a 4x8 sheet. I am from Ohio. I know some Tuckers from Kentucky.

  • M. M.. M. M.. on Nov 01, 2017
    Wow - you got a lot of answers!I love the old wood too, but I am wondering if there are restrictions in your area about fence heights? It's hard to have privacy up a hill, but I wonder if the fence (6 feet is a common accepted height) would be enough, even with its climbing plants. Have you considered hedges,even partial? They can be dense and allowed to grow tall, and easy if you have a spot or two where the fence would be tricky to install.

    • Sophie Tucker Sophie Tucker on Nov 02, 2017
      Hi M.M.,
      I think 6' fences are ok around here, as i see them places while i am walking the dog through the neighborhood. I have considered different living privacy hedges/ fences and will probably put something like that in along the property boundaries, but I am excited about having a trellis in this area. It's been a dream for a while. :-)

  • Leah Leah on Nov 01, 2017
    Not the kindI am talking about. It may be called something else. I will ask my husband and get back to you. I tried to find it on line, bt no success yet. We were on a tight budget when we did it.

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    • Sophie Tucker Sophie Tucker on Nov 02, 2017
      Joleen, that sounds pretty too! Though i think i will still go w/ the trellis, it is something i have really wanted! :-)

  • Chris Keating-Ingelse Chris Keating-Ingelse on Nov 02, 2017
    As long as they're sound (i.e. you can't easily break them), they should be good. And, I'm with everyone else- the more rustic, the better! I'm so glad that "brand new" is so out!