We thought that taking down the old side fence made our property look less run-down and more cared-for. Putting in a new back fence had a similar positive effect.
Anne started the ball rolling.
A couple of months ago, Anne, our neighbour out the back explained that she was keen to replace the back fence. After several years of preparation, she was ready to start on her master plan for landscaping her garden. One of the very first tasks on the list was to replace the fence. We were happy to agree because it had gone beyond rustic charm and reminded us of the original deceased estate vibe. Besides, Anne was keen to get started on her indigenous plantings. Her new garden would complement our own with a combination of native shrubs and trees. The local wildlife should have a field day on either side of the fence after our gardens are fully established.
Once we’d stripped off the ivy strands and taken out numerous bricks/rocks from the base, the fence was revealed in all its glory. What a testament to 40+ years of wear and tear. The fence was so shocked, large sections promptly collapsed.
Fence replaced by a professional.
The fencing contractor who did such a good job on our last house maintained his high standard with this fence.
Looking to the future.
Chatting with Joan, another of our neighbours, we were interested to hear the comment that she quite preferred a more open fence construction. Joan liked the half-finished fence when every second paling was missing. Excellent! We’ll have something different for her to consider when we talk about the replacement fence for the side of our property. It’s not going to be a standard fence like the one at the back.
Perhaps we’ll be thinking about the front fence from our last house.
With David’s creativity and our desire to inspire a sense of community, we aren’t going to cut off Joan’s view of our property entirely. Early days, but our aim is to create a structure that serves as a dividing line but enhances both properties. Neighbours will have an opportunity to visually share our back garden.
After the combined efforts of family members, the back garden has improved significantly. Removing the sheds and replacing the fence has produced a patch of lawn that looks as if someone cares. Of course, it will be changed again dramatically once we start on the houses and landscaping. In the meantime, we are enjoying our ‘sea of green’.