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Fencing alternatives - Ivy?


I want to take our horrible conifer hedge down.

I dont want to put a fence up. I want a solution that will last a lifetime and look nice.

Any ideas?

I thought of living wall, but I think I can really only achieve a chain link fence with ivy grown up it. The neighbours are concerned of the time it will take to get privacy back. And I am concerned anything overly vigorous will take over the garden....

Any ideas on a solution? I am happy to trim once a month, but I am scared of something getting unmanageable. 

Many thanks



  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114
    Ivy is a no-no. It will become unmanageable before you know it.

    Can't you just agree to stop peering at each other?
  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114
    To be serious! A beech hedge would fulfil the brief. It keeps its leaves during the winter and with clipping is easy to keep in check.
  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 22,282

    A solution that will last a lifetime and look nice. Not much to ask is it? What exactly do you have against fences? (Figuratively speaking, not literally)image 

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  • Hi

    Its definitly my boundry so thats not the issue. I just want something that looks nice. 

    My deeds do state no fences allowed, and they rot. 

    The conifers are 5 ft wide into our garden, so too big! 

    Our neighbour also wants them gone. 

    We have a 73ft garden, but at present only want to sort about 15ft of it, which is the conifer patch. its rhodedendron after that, which we have cute right back, but are also not ideal, but they are at least pretty. 

    Yes I have a dog. 

    Our garden is very long but not that wide so I am keen to not have anything to wide....

    Yes, I am happy to not peer at the neighbours, but they are the ones who have raised the concern so I am trying to be a good neighbour and keep the peace.

    I cant afford to spend the earth, but if the cost is reasonable and the solution wont need replacing in 10 years, then I am happy to spend more. 

    I like my greenary so thats why I wanted a living wall type thing.....

    Thanks so much for your feedback! 



  • Thanks Tetley image

    Will I not need a fence of some sort to support the climber though?


  • DaintinessDaintiness Posts: 988

    Cutting down your hedge is only the will have to get the roots ground or dig them out. Then you will have to replenish the soil digging in lots of organic matter. I would be inclined to purchase some  hurdles to bridge the gap, keep the dog in and give you and your neighbours some privacy while your new plants grow. 

  • No idea the type of conifers.....but they are about 6ft diameter and there is 4 of them. They are probably 2.5 meters hight.

    I do appreciate the amount of work involved with diging roots and replenishing the soil. Thats why we only wanted to enter into this once. 

    Thats my issue with fences that don't years to come you have planted up them, and then how do you fix the fence! And I hate it when they do the domino effect in the winter wind....not fun.

    Many thanks!

  • lol, nope, Berkshire. I felt like i owned half the world of fencing a few years ago when it all went down one panel at a time, and it was a fight for me and the neighbours to get it all back up again. I wasnt alone in the problem, but when one goes it all goes! And it wasnt old fencing or a large open garden! This was in a housing estate....Its not easy putting it all back up in the middle of winter. 

    Once bitten twice shy...

  • old house. I've moved since. So new problem to sort and I have learnt from the old house.

    But this house does say no fencing so its not an option....

  • madpenguinmadpenguin Posts: 2,523

    I had to replace my fence a few years back and instead of simply replacing with wooden posts in the ground I went for concrete posts and concrete board thingys at the bottom,then I had fence panels slotted between the posts.It may not be completely permanent in that the panels will need replacing from time to time but they are not in contact with the ground so should not rot and if one panel goes it is not too difficult.

    It cost a bit more to begin with but in the long run I will only be replacing the odd panel from time to time.

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