If you're looking for a way to add a little more greenery to your yard, planting climbing vines along your fence is an option. This is also a good way to make a fence look more "solid" so that it offers more privacy. To make sure your vine-covered fence turns out as well as possible, keep these tips in mind.
Consider your type of fence when choosing a vining plant.
Some vines are stronger than others – and some types of fencing are stronger than others, too. If you have a wooden fence, you'll want to steer clear of vining plants that are likely to cling too strongly around the fence, as they might cause it to crack and break. Vines to avoid include wisteria, trumpet vines, and English ivy. Some more delicate vines that do work well for wooden fences include sweet peas, morning glories, and nasturtium. All of these vines have gentle, green stems rather than rough, woody ones.
If you have a vinyl or metal fence, you don't have to worry nearly as much about the vines damaging it. Choose a woody vine like English ivy if you prefer, or go with a more delicate sweet pea or trumpet vine if that's your style.
Make sure you plant enough seeds.
If you're too sparing with your seeds, you'll end up with just a scant smattering of vines climbing up your fence. This look tends to appear disheveled, and it won't do much to increase the privacy of your fence. Try planting two seeds every 2 inches along your fence line. (Read the seed packet to make sure you know how deep to plant them). Once the plants have emerged and are about a foot tall, you'll be able to see how many actually germinated. At this point, you can thin them out if there seem to be too many.
Water the plants at the base of the fence.
Spraying your fence with water day after day can cause some damage over the years. For a wooden fence, this can lead to premature decay. For a metal fence, it can contribute to corrosion or rust. Even vinyl might end up with stains from minerals and dirt being washed out of plants and down the fence. Get into the habit of watering your vining plants only at the soil level, and your fence will stay in better shape.
For more help planting vines along your fence, talk to a local fence contractor, like American Secured Fence, or garden center.