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Your Yard / Garden: Fenced / Walled?

Wed Jun 16, 2010 10:22 pm

I'm just poking around on Google Maps and am seeing some areas of the world where every single yard is fenced or walled in. I have never had a fully-fenced yard. Currently where I live just outside of Seattle, we do not have a fence. Our back yard is open to the forest that runs through our neighbourhood. Only one house on our street has a fence, and they only have it because they have a pool. It seems that generally in our neighbourhood people tend to use plants to deliniate property lines rather than fences.

In our prior house, we also did not have a fence, but we backed onto a native growth area.

In the house I grew up in (a townhouse), we had fences dividing each townhouse's yard, but they all opened to the park in the backyard.

Mr. Harlot always had a fenced yard growing up in Toronto.

How about you? Do you have a fence or wall around your garden or yard? Why? Is this normal for where you live?

This isn't a great picture to illustrate our yard, because it shows the one fence on our street which is our next door neighbour's fence - they're the ones with the pool. The rest of our yard looks like what you see on the right side of this picture.

Our backyard - snowstorm January 11, 2007
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RE: Your Yard / Garden: Fenced / Walled?

Wed Jun 16, 2010 10:56 pm

We do have a fenced in backyard. The reason is simple - we have a pool and the city requires us to have a fence. The bylaw even defines the minimum requirements.
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RE: Your Yard / Garden: Fenced / Walled?

Wed Jun 16, 2010 11:51 pm

We have all of it. Wall on the right, fence on the left and a trellis at the bottom. It used to just be open at the bottom, the separation being an ancient field bank, but unfortunately local kids found it a useful way into the garden, no harm intended - just a bit of a shock if a small child appears at the bottom of your garden. I hand built a 60ft long trellis a few years ago, just as a gentle reminder of it being 'our bit' of land, without spoiling the woodland feel too much. is just a camouflage for what resembles rage again...
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RE: Your Yard / Garden: Fenced / Walled?

Thu Jun 17, 2010 2:33 am

In the late 50s when we moved into this house there were no fences and it was like living in a forest. Then some people got pools, more got dogs and the fences went up.

Now we have wood fencing (and dogs) on both sides and a queer bit of masonry & wood fencing by the McMansion behind us - which sadly doesn't keep them from flooding us and the neighbors to the side when we have a heavy rain.

Personally I prefer Mrs. Harlot's backyard.
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RE: Your Yard / Garden: Fenced / Walled?

Thu Jun 17, 2010 7:53 am

The only house we have with a proper garden is our vacation house in Brittany. It's a centuries old house in the town but near the old edge of it, so basically our garden is an old field. On one side, there is a big tall stone wall as old as the house, with the street behind. On the other side, a tall hedge, and on the bottom, a small stone wall, the kind used in fields. We can see the sea from upstairs through the bottom.
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RE: Your Yard / Garden: Fenced / Walled?

Thu Jun 17, 2010 9:11 am

Our garden terrace/patio is fenced on two sides with 180cm tall wood fencing, the end of the garden and half of one side is closed by a 150cm high hawthorn hedge that is very thick (and extremely sharp!) At the other side, we also have a very subtle hidden gap in the fencing to enable us to get access to the garden from the neighbouring field. The fencing was required as, otherwise, we would be looking at our neighbours when they are sitting on their terrace/patio and we want ABSOLUTE privacy when sunbathing on ours.

So there you go...

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