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Ugly tin sheet ... how can I hide it


hi I have a piece of tin sheeting cemented into fence/wall done by previous owners. It looks awful to cut it out isnt an option as it was placed there to replace missing bit of wall and now it's cemented in and covered by fence! Any ideas on how to hide ... I've done hanging baskets but still this shiny silver shows through I've tried planting trailing flowers in gaps of Wall they dry out .... any advice hints suggestions would be appreciated thanks 


  • AuntyRachAuntyRach Posts: 5,100

    That must be really annoying for you - particularly as it isn't even a uniform shape or straight! I wonder if a screen of bamboo/wicker would work? I take it repairing the wall isn't an option?? 

    My garden and I live in South Wales. 
  • Joyce21Joyce21 Posts: 15,489

    Paint it black for a start.  Is there room to plant a shrub or tall grass in front of it?

    SW Scotland
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,933

    Jeez - the things folk do! 

    I'd paint it too as a start - or cover it with landscape fabric or similar. Is there any way you could make a small screen for it from timber or trellis? Perhaps similar to your planter? 

    If you have room in the little border, you could plant an evergreen climber. Even something like Euonymous would work as it will 'climb' against the wall. Or even put in another planter with a decent sized evergreen shrub or climber?

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Thanks everyone ... yes in summer I have lovely fiery yellow and red I call them inside out daisies ... I've planted a little green shrub too there and moved  bigger fuchsia plant there I've also put some little sweet peas hoping they will come up as in previous years I've put in middle and they are fab so trying this spot. If I removed it I would need to take down the above garden fence, also behind is big gapping hole that would need to be filled. Painting I have thought to do to try camouflage it. It's horrible spoils my little garden 

  • I've just found 2 evergreen climbers may try those if I guide it around the trellis to grow all across and all over it covering the silver sheeting may help 

  • RedwingRedwing Posts: 1,439

    I would cut it out and repair the wall with sympathetic materials, preferably stone to match. It looks awful as it is.

    Based in Sussex, I garden to encourage as many birds to my garden as possible.
  • Yes I know I look at it everyday even in summer when garden in full bloom garden is lovely but first thing u see is that! Builders are v expensive and ive tried myself to get it off it's very sharp and screwed in at too so would be a awkward job.. but thats what I'd prefer just asking see if anyone got ideas to hide it until I can save to get it sorted

  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,399

    I would remove it and make good the hole in the wall. Failing that, paint it black and plant a row of hollies or yew for a lovely neat clipped hedge. 

  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,399

    ...even beech would do the job actually and they're still avaliable bare root  (just!)

  • David WDavid W Posts: 84

    How big is the hole it's covering?

    As there is wall across the top of the sheet unless there is a lintel hidden behind the sheet the top section of wall could potentially collapse.

    to get certain I would remove the sheet and repair the wall, the garden will be better for it and it will give you peace of mind. 

    Is the original stone from it still dotted around the garden? If it is you could try the repair yourself, I repaired a 25 foot length of stone wall at my previous house. It took a long time bit by bit but the end result was good and the satisfaction in doing it was even greater.

    or if you're y have to get someone in is the other side of the wall a neighbours garden, if so will they contribute to the repair?


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