Hot answers tagged

8 votes

8' wood fence vs 6' block wall to reduce noise in yard

I'm a sound guy as well as a garden guy. Your answers are hidden in the graphics you posted. Go with the block wall. I had a somewhat similar situation with nearby freeway noise and after building a ...
  • 141
7 votes

Advice Needed - Dying? Tree line (privacy desired)

The bottom branches dying is perfectly normal, as they get shaded out (they also have more deer pressure, assuming a typical presence of rats-with-hooves in your neighborhood.) That is not a sign of a ...
  • 19.3k
6 votes
Accepted

Okay to build garden fence with pressure treated wood?

Like so many things the answer depends on a lot of factors. The current chemicals used to pressure treat wood are considered "safe" for a wide variety of uses. Be sure to read the manufacturer's ...
  • 1,349
5 votes
Accepted

How should I trim back a neighbor's Japanese red maple bush?

One thing about Maples, specially Japanese Acers - they should not be cut in spring/early summer because they bleed excessively. Once into July, its not such a problem. Given that's the case, it might ...
  • 130k
4 votes
Accepted

Are low double deer fences effective in keeping deer out?

Yes, this works quite well. It's more work to put in, but if as you say it is necessary for aesthetic reasons not to have an 8' fence, go ahead. The specifications you have are good, but I'd like to ...
  • 51.5k
4 votes

80mm decking post into a 75mm metal post holder

It's assumed that deck posts are being affixed to a wood base, usually the support structure beneath the deck, not concrete, so they're not sized according to wedge grips or metposts. I can't see why ...
  • 130k
4 votes

How can I stop bushes growing through a mesh fence?

I am very biased against any fabric of any kind in the garden so I am trying to disregard the fabric suggestion. Although, in this application it would make sense albeit ugly. Have you talked with ...
  • 39.9k
4 votes
Accepted

How to grow climbing vines onto a trellis mounted 2 meters above ground?

It's always best to plant any vigorous vines like Distictus in the ground - putting them in pots or containers will restrict their growth, and that's not an effect you want in these circumstances. ...
  • 130k
4 votes

How should I trim back a neighbor's Japanese red maple bush?

I think the first thing you should do is to talk to your neighbor about it. Instead of making extra work for yourself and potential creating a hostile neighbor, which no one likes, you should just go ...
  • 5,042
4 votes

Advice Needed - Dying? Tree line (privacy desired)

Not an easy answer to give you as there are a number of unknown factors. Perhaps you can say more about them by editing your question or even post additional information under your question in a ...
  • 1,606
4 votes
Accepted

Long Lasting Wooden Fence Protection

Creosote would have been the go to for this, but in the EU (and ongoing, still in the UK, regardless of Brexit) only professionals are licensed to use it because of its carcinogenic properties. There ...
  • 130k
3 votes

Advice Needed - Dying? Tree line (privacy desired)

It looks like you have a dead cypress in the back. This could be disease. Shouldn't happen to the firs to the left. It would have been possible to keep the silver firs thick at the base by cutting ...
  • 3,709
3 votes

How to grow climbing vines onto a trellis mounted 2 meters above ground?

Either build a support structure, or let it do it's thing. Do NOT build a temporary support for it. The main stalks can grow to 3" or greater in diameter when supported from the ground, and you'll ...
  • 2,133
3 votes

How can I support Birdhouse Gourds without nailing anything to my fence?

Trellis netting. Picture is from Gardener's Edge (not affiliated, might have bought something from them once, I don't recall for certain) and could practically be your fence. The 6" string mesh can ...
  • 19.3k
3 votes

How can I weed trim without damaging a fence?

I'm also looking for a solution. Not just for that but to help ensure a consistent cut along edges I don't want to mark. For example, aside from slowly and tediously working my way along a white ...
3 votes
Accepted

How deep should a post be in the ground, compared to how tall it's going to be above?

When you are going that high, I'd use at least a 6x6. I'm in zone six, with similar soil, and the frost line has never gone below 2', so I usually go 2 1/2-3' down. There isn't really a ratio, but ...
  • 51.5k
3 votes

How can I keep a clover back yard from encroaching on a traditional grass front yard?

I use a somewhat labor-intensive way to protect my fenced yard from my neighbors' weeds that might work for you - it depends on the type of privacy fence you have. My yard is bordered by a solid, ...
  • 14.5k
3 votes
Accepted

Can I keep this tree without it destroying my fence?

not really, it is coming from right below the fence... if you want to keep it you would want to wait for the plant to go dormant if you are in a temperate climate (looks like a ficus and the tree in ...
  • 5,172
3 votes

Which hedge plants can be used for animal preventive fencing?

If you are looking for some low fence against rabbits, planting Rosa rugosa close to each other might be helpful: Rosa rugosa (rugosa rose, beach rose, Japanese rose, Ramanas rose, or letchberry) is ...
  • 521
3 votes

Snail electric fence material

First of all copper is not a good idea at all as it'll corrode away in such conditions (outdoors complete with water AND electricity) rather fast. Aluminium is a better choice (it's what HV wires are ...
  • 656
2 votes

How can I weed trim without damaging a fence?

I live in Texas & in our subdivisions we have solid wood fences so that the fencing comes all the way down to the grass & there are no spaces in between the pickets. I discovered this method ...
2 votes

How can I weed trim without damaging a fence?

This might have been already suggested. Why not use steel edging? It comes in brown to match most cedar stained fences. If grass comes up between the edging and fence kill it with Roundup, etc. Your ...
  • 21
2 votes

How can I weed trim without damaging a fence?

I have a pair of wooden 4x4 posts that are seriously beat up from my weed wacker, so I've decided to cut 6" tall x 3.5" wide strips of plexiglass and screw it on all 4 sides. At a distance the ...
2 votes
Accepted

Looking for advice on constructing a living fence, using trees or vine

Your photos show a good example of what's known as cordon training - this is a method used mostly for fruiting trees, and it looks as if the trees in the photo may actually be apple, but its hard to ...
  • 130k
2 votes

3ft fence using line posts (1.66in)

I don't think the diameter of the post is the limiting factor. It will be more likely to be the length of the post in the ground. If you are installing in soil with a 6' (2 M) long post and you want ...
  • 56.6k
2 votes

Self-clinging climber that will not damage a concrete fence

There is only one self clinging climbing plant which is evergreen in the UK, and that is Hedera and its varieties. If you choose one, you will need to block off the gaps in the fence to prevent any ...
  • 130k
2 votes
Accepted

Can I use a horizontal 2x4 to brace a 3 wire trellis?

Welcome to the forum. If I understand what you're asking, I believe a 16' 2x4 could work. The 2" side should be facing up to minimise warping (but you should probably expect some). You might ...
  • 2,492
2 votes

Advice Needed - Dying? Tree line (privacy desired)

The trees look like blue spruce . Very typical for spruce to be attacked by mites ,starting at the bottom. The mites are very small but you can see them with magnification . I believe I controlled ...
  • 7,971
2 votes

Okay to build garden fence with pressure treated wood?

Pressure treated wood will not cause harm to your garden and the chemicals will not damage your plants. Using this type of wood is nothing to worry about. Attached is a link describing the benefits of ...

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible