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Curb Appeal: Add Landscaping to Your Chain Link Fence

If you have a chain link fence, you probably had it installed for its durability. If you don't yet have a chain link fence, know that such fencing is almost maintenance free. Either way, the fence can disappear into the landscape due to its unobtrusiveness. Make your fence do double duty by using it as a backdrop for your landscaping.

Fence Preparation

If you have a fence that came with a vinyl coating, you can skip this step. Otherwise, painting your fence prepares it for your landscaping. To paint your chain link fence, This Old House suggests using a sandblaster to get rid of any grime or rust. If your fence is new, this isn't necessary. Next, simply use a roller brush to apply a coat of aluminum paint. If you want the fence to blend in with the landscaping, choose green paint.

Climbing Vines

Climbing vines make your fence appear almost like a hedge. English ivy is a classic. Boston ivy turns purple, red, and orange in the autumn. Golden hop is also a colorful option, featuring golden foliage with a delicate scent. Use florist's wire to train the vine to grow up and along your fence.

Climbing Flowers

Training climbing flowers along your fence turns it into a real show-stopper. Roses give your yard the appeal of an English garden. Delicate flowers such as morning glory and cardinal climbers outline the fence rather than cover it. However, if you want a really showy display of flowers, look to clemantis, climbing hydrangea, or bougainvillea. Scented options include honeysuckle and jasmine. As with the vines, use florist's wire to secure the plants to the fence.

Plant Border

If you'd rather keep the foliage off your fence, add a border of attractive plants around the perimeter.Clear the area immediately in front of the fence of grass, weeds or debris. Select a variety of plants, flowers, and decorative grasses and place them along the perimeter to plan your border. Leave six to eight inches, depending on the plants' growth pattern.


Once you're ready to plant, use a shovel or trowel to loosen up the dirt. Dig a hole for each plant deep enough to securely enclose the root ball. Water each hole thoroughly before planting. Cover up the root ball with dirt and give the topsoil another watering. Add a layer of compost around each plant to encourage growth.

Planting climbers or a border around your chain link fence is an attractive way to add curb appeal. To install your chain-link fence, contact a representative from Global Fence, Inc.