So you’ve got an ugly chain link fence that’s making your backyard look like a prison yard. Not a great vibe, huh? But don’t worry, turning that eyesore into a beautiful addition to your yard is easier than you think!
First off, forget about Robert Frost’s saying of “good fences make good neighbors.” It might not apply when you’ve got an ugly fence like this one. Chain link fencing is popular because it’s relatively inexpensive and great for keeping dogs in or for pool safety, but it doesn’t look great. It’s made of galvanized steel links and held in place by steel posts and frames, which can make your yard feel more like a junkyard.
So, what can you do? Well, here are some ideas:
- Install privacy slats into the mesh of the chain link fencing to create privacy and add some color. You can find these slats online or at a local home improvement center. They come in multiple colors like black, green, blue, and gray. Just slide them through the top of the links and weave them into the mesh. Then lock them with a top or bottom locking system. Easy peasy!
- Plant some fast-growing vines like morning glories or ivy to naturally hide the ugly fencing. Morning glories are annual plants that are very fast-growing, so they can reach up to 10 feet tall. Plus, they have pretty tubular-shaped blooms in pinks, blues, and purples. They die off in the fall, but they should reseed themselves and grow again in the spring. Ivy is another fast-growing vine that can completely cover the fencing with lush green leaves. And if you’re feeling adventurous, try climbing roses. They may need more care and skill to grow, but the result can be stunning.
- Paint the chain link fence to refresh it. You can make the ugliness fade away by painting a rusty old fence. First, scrape off any rust using a wire brush. Then wash it down with household vinegar, which will etch the steel enough to let paint adhere to the fence. Finally, use a thick roller to paint it. Avoid spraying because it’ll waste most of the paint. You can choose any color you like, but black or hunter-green colors tend to blend into the background, making the fence appear less obtrusive.
- Install rolled bamboo fencing to hide unsightly chained link. Rolled fencing is usually sold in 8-foot sections and can be purchased in heights up to 7 feet. Just wire it directly to the chain link fencing using copper wire, which will sink in between the bamboo and disappear from view. You can buy rolled fencing at local retail stores or online.
There you have it! With a bit of planning, you can turn that ugly chain link fence into a beautiful and serene addition to your yard. So, go ahead and give it a try!