How can I cover the metal fence posts in my back yard? They are UGLY!

by Bubbles
I have the ugly side of the fence with all the metal posts. My neighbor has the pretty side with no posts. I hate looking at the posts from inside the house and when I use the patio (rarely).

  12 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Mar 16, 2018

    plant climbing vines for your hardiness zone

  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on Mar 16, 2018

    I'm guessing that it's your neighbor's fence - that's why they get the "good" side. You can plant something along the fence line to camouflage the posts like tall flowers or attach tiki torches to the posts to make them functional.

  • Jcraw Jcraw on Mar 16, 2018

    This is the time of year when there are lots of potted small shrubs available. Find yourself some attractive pots and plant the shrubs or some tall grasses, or whatever, and put them in front of the posts.

    You might want to get the appropriate number sort of flagstone (or whatever) “coasters” to put under the plants to either raise them or just make sure they stand straight.

    Make sure your pots can handle year round weather and get larger than you need to avoid having to repot mid-summer.

  • SM SM on Mar 16, 2018

    You could go wild and paint them different colors. Just to spice up the yard. Embrace them instead of ignoring them.

  • Jan Clark Jan Clark on Mar 16, 2018

    To conceal the posts, the best thing would be to incorporate them into a decorative design on your side of the fence. Try attaching lattice to them and plant a nice vine that will cover them. Hang a bird feeder or wind chime from them. Box them and attach outdoor lighting for a modern look.

  • Janice Janice on Mar 16, 2018

    You could get some rolls of the bamboo type fencing and use those posts as the framework for a nice fence on your side to make your yard more attractive. If you don't want to do the entire fence, cut the bamboo (probably one roll) into vertical strips wide enough to cover the metal posts and zip tie them (wrap the metal posts) to the posts. Hope this helps. The bamboo comes in rolls 6' tall and probably 12-15' long. A fairly inexpensive fix if you just wrap the posts. Hope this helps or gets you thinking of other ideas. You could also buy plants that vine such as Clematis or Morning Glories and they will grow up and use the bamboo as a trellis. Good Luck!

  • Shi21503557 Shi21503557 on Mar 16, 2018

    Plant some Ivy or other climbing plant

  • DesertRose DesertRose on Mar 16, 2018

    We felt the same way about our metal posts, so we ordered sleeves for them online. They fit over the posts and come in many sizes. We have 3 feet 6 inch posts so we bought 8 ft sleeves and cut them in half. That saved us some money. They came with caps to go on top, but we ordered a nicer cap for the ones in the front. It really looks sharp.

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    • DesertRose DesertRose on May 15, 2021

      Ours are metal sleeves. If you are looking for vinyl, try your box stores that sell fencing, they may have something other than metal for you. We ordered the metal online, but I do not remember the company. I do know many "looks like wood" sleeves are available in the vinyl fencing business. You may have to try several : Lowes, Menards, Home Depot, etc.

  • Sue c. Sue c. on May 15, 2021

    My friend across the street gets tiny sample cans of paint and some sponge brushes and goes to town painting each post a different color from it's neighbors. It makes a very cheery foreground for horses! It makes them look like Fashion Divas!

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on May 16, 2023

    Fix Trellisto the posts and grow something up it!

  • Plant arborvitae in front of each post and landscape in between with flowering plants/bushes.

  • Mogie Mogie on May 16, 2023

    I've seen people clad their their metal poles with wood so the posts are larger and more substancial looking.