The poet Robert Frost said “good fences make good neighbors,” but unfortunately he didn’t give us any instructions on how to actually build a good one. It can be a daunting project.
Beyond property lines, there are several considerations: height, level of screening desired, and material–to name a few. Then, there is the cost and time involved. Custom fencing is a great option if you have lots of both. If you are a budding carpenter, a fence can be a great DIY project. For many of us who land somewhere in the middle, pre-made fencing can be a great solution.
There are many varieties of pre-made fencing that appeal to different needs and tastes. Most come in panels or rolls, ready to be mounted to posts or pre-existing fencing structures (not included). You can hire a contractor to help with installation or do it yourself. Here are 10 options to consider.
Woven Panel Fencing
Above: Woven from coppiced hazel, a 6-foot fencing panel of Hazel Hurdles is £59.99 from Primrose.
For more, see Hardscaping 101: Woven Fences.
A 6-foot-high Willow Woven Hurdle Fence Panel is available in five widths at prices from $34.18 to $84.62 depending on size from Master Garden Products.
Wood Panel Fencing
(N.B.: Designing a garden? See “10 Easy Pieces: Pathway Lighting.”
Above: Back to Basics. The White Cedar Dog-Ear Fence Panel measures six-by-eight feet; $48.97 each at Home Depot.
Above: There is something about traditional white cedar picket fencing. The New England Wide Picket Fence shown with a beveled post comes in a choice of four heights from 30 inches to 48 inches and in a choice of four-, six-, or eight-foot sections; from $95 to $155 per section depending on size at the New England Cedar Fence Company. Samples are available.
Above: An 8-foot length of Redwood Lattice Top Wood Fence Panel is 6 feet high; $89.97 from Lowe’s.
Above: A Willow Balcony Screen made of natural willow twigs is 300 centimeters long and available in two heights (90 and 150 centimeters); from €40 to €60 depending on size at Manufactum.
Above: Rolled Willow Fences are available in heights ranging from 2 to 8 feet high and widths ranging from 6 to 14 feet, from $29.11 to $68.51 depending on size from Master Garden.
Above: Natural Black Bamboo Fencing is available in heights ranging from 3 to 8 feet and in lengths ranging from 6 to 8 feet; from $69.99 to $169.99 per roll depending on size at Backyard X-capes.
Above: A Bamboo Picket Fence made with 1- 1.5-inch bamboo poles can be screwed into Garden Wood Stakes for installation. Fence panels are available in heights from 2 to 4 feet and in lengths from 5 to 6 feet; $28.34 to $49.33 depending on size from Master Garden. Sold separately in sets of from four to 12, wooden stakes are from $2.50 to $8 depending on height and quantity.
Above: Rolls of Natural Rolled Bamboo Fence is available in heights ranging from 3 to 8 feet and in lengths ranging from 6 to 8 feet; from $29.99 to $149.99 per roll depending on size at Backyard X-capes.
Above: A roll of Reed Fencing measures 6 feet high and 15 feet long and is $26.49 from Home Depot.
Above: A roll of 6-foot-high brown fern fencing is woven with coated wire to withstand weather conditions. Available in widths from 6 to 15 feet, Regular Rolled Fern Fence is from $25.15 to $48.75 at Garden Green Depot.
Designing a fence? See more:
- Hardscaping 101: Picket Fences
- 10 Favorites: Old-Fashioned Picket Fences
- Trend Alert: Woven Willow Fences
N.B.: This is an update of a post published September 26, 2012.