Growing vines on your fence is a lovely way to add some color and interest to your property, but there are some do’s and don’ts to be aware of. Not all fences are up to the task of handling vines, and not all vines are good for fences.
Finding the Right Plant
It’s a good idea to talk with your local greenhouse or garden center to find out which vines are best for your zone and your yard. This is especially important for vines that will be trained to climb fences because some vines are actually noxious weeds. Invasive species can wreak havoc on your fence and become unruly.
Woody vines can be very hard on wood fences, so it’s especially important with this fence type to be sure that the right plant is selected. There are a number of options, even beyond vines, that can work even if you are worried about your fence’s age or ability to support plants. Consider options like a trellis or other plants that don’t necessarily have to grow like vines on the fence.
Understanding Your Fence
The other component to this is your fence type. Wood fences are the ones that have the most concerns related to vines because older fencing can become brittle and because some vines can be overpowering or cause structural damage to the fence over time. The only vines that are typically recommended for wood fences are annual, non-woody vines such as sweet pea, clematis, or moonflower.
Vinyl and aluminum fencing have better durability when it comes to handling vines, but you should still get to know the different types of vines that do well locally and chat with a nursery to find the best plant for your needs. Different plants offer different privacy or flowering options and have specific requirements to train them to grow on your fence.
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