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do I need a fenceIf you’ve just moved into a house without a fence, you might find yourself asking if you even need a fence. Most houses have a fence, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you need one. Here are some things to consider:
Do you have pets? If you have a dog or other outdoor pet, this is a no-brainer. You need a fence around your yard to keep your pet safe and in your yard. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that you can just train your dog to stay in the yard; it’s always safest to have a fence just in case.
Do you have kids? Just like with pets, it’s best to have a fence if you have kids who will be playing in your yard. This is a safety measure that all parents will want to take.
Do you have a pool? If you have a pool, you will want a fence around the pool in order to keep children and animals out of the pool and safe. Even if you don’t have kids, your neighbors’ kids can wander into your pool and become injured.
How are your neighbors? If you get along well with your neighbors you might not mind having an open yard with them. However, if you have had issues with your neighbors, it might a good idea to put up a fence to prevent future issues.
Do you have any valuables in your yard? If you have valuables you might want to have a fence with a lock. This can include yard equipment, grills, bikes, and anything else that you don’t want to be stolen.
Do you like the look of fences? There are many different types of fences out there with different aesthetics to suit almost anyone. Many people choose to go with a fence because they like the way it looks in their yard.

Overall, we have found that a fence is best in most circumstances. However, if after going through this list you still don’t want one, that’s okay. Your yard is your personal preference.

fence or landscaping which comes firstSo you’ve just built or bought a new house, congrats! Now you need to fix up the yard. A common question that comes up is whether you should install the fence or do the major landscaping first. This is not a simple question to answer, instead you need to ask yourself these questions:

  1. Do you have a detailed plan of what you want your yard to look like? Do not start on the fence or the landscaping until you know what the other will look like. This will save you a lot of work and revising because you know that everything will fit together.
  2. Will you have delicate plants around the fence? If you plan on having a flower bed, fresh sod, or other more delicate plants around your fence, you will want to install your fence first. This is because the contractors installing the fence could damage your landscaping while putting up the fence. You don’t want all of your hard work to be destroyed.
  3. Will your landscaping require large trucks or other machinery coming into your yard? If that’s the case, you will probably want to hold off on the fence in order to allow these vehicles access to your yard. You don’t want to put up a fence just to realize that the gate isn’t big enough to finish your landscaping project.
  4. Will your landscaping change the height of your yard? If you plan on filling in a ditch in your yard or leveling out a hill, that should be done before a fence is installed. Otherwise, your fence will not be level with the ground.
  5. Do you have kids or dogs? If you do and you plan on letting them play outside, you probably should put a fence up first for safety. They can play in an unfinished yard, but it’s unwise to let them out without any sort of protection from a fence.
  6. What can you afford? If you can only afford one project right now, a good option is to put the fence up, because it needs to be done all in one go. Then you can tackle the landscaping as you can afford it, planting a tree here and a flower garden there.

As you can see, there is a different answer for every situation. Hopefully this guide has helped you figure out what’s best for you in putting your new yard together!

why need a privacy fence for your yard

If you have a yard without a fence or even just a chain link fence, you might be wondering if you should upgrade. Privacy fences are a great solution for homeowners, and there are many reasons why you should consider installing a privacy fence, whether that is a vinyl fence adding slats to your existing chain link fence, or any other kind. Here’s why you need a privacy fence:

  1. Protect children
  2. If you have children, you definitely should consider a privacy fence. Even if you live in an incredibly safe neighborhood and always supervise your children outside, a privacy fence is an important safety measure. It will prevent people, including predators, from being able to see your children playing outside in the yard. It will also work to keep your children safe by keeping them in your yard and stopping them from running out into the street or other dangerous situations.

  3. Enjoy Outdoors in Privacy
  4. Even if you don’t have kids, it’s nice to have privacy in your own backyard. Whether you’d like to sunbathe without prying eyes, or you want to throw a party with all of your neighbors who were’t invited seeing. Adding a privacy fence can make you feel much more comfortable spending time out in your yard.

  5. Protect Valuables
  6. If you store anything valuable in your yard, such as bicycles or a grill, you wan too keep them out of sight of potential thieves. One solution is to lock the in a shed or chained up, but it’s much easier to install a privacy fence to stop any one from scoping out your yard and your valuables.

  7. Protect animals
  8. Privacy fences are also important if you have animals that spend time outdoors. A privacy fence will prevent your dog from seeing and yapping at every other dog that walks by. A chain link fence might stop a dog from leaving the yard, but it does’t stop him from seeing things outside the yard that might excite or aggravate him.

  9. Appearance
  10. Let’s face it, chain link fences don’t look great. A good privacy fence can be a beautiful addition to your yard, and even increase your curb appeal if you plan on selling your home someday. In the meantime, you can enjoy a beautiful privacy fence every time you step outdoors.

fence or hedgeIf you’re looking to add some privacy or boundaries to your yard, you’ve probably found that you have two options: a fence, whether that is chain link, wood, vinyl, or anything else; or a hedge, which is a plant that is grown to provide privacy. Both are good options, so which is right for you? Let’s look into some of the differences between the two.

Time:
Fences are easy to put up and can go up almost instantly. If you want privacy this year, a fence is a good way to go. Hedges are living plants, and they have to take time to grow. It can take a year or more for a hedge to reach full height and offer full privacy. If you’re in for the long term hedges are great, but if you want privacy this season fences are the way to go.

Maintenance:
Depending on the type of fence you install, your level of maintenance will vary. Chain link fences require very little maintenance, while wood fences may need to be re-stained or repaired etc. On the other hand, hedges require maintenance as well, most notably in the form of yearly or biyearly trims. In the end this comes down to what type of fence you choose as to what will require less maintenance.

Appearance:
Some people love the look of a little white picket fence or a sturdy wooden fence. Other people prefer the more natural look of a hedge. However, fences are much more versatile in their appearance. Did you know that you can even get fence slats that look like a hedge? We think that fences win in terms of appearance just because of how many options there are out there.

Environment:
Fences are not necessarily harmful for the environment, but if you love plants and supporting the environment, hedges are the way to go. There are lots of different types of hedges, and as long as you do your research and pick a native hedge that will thrive in your area, you can plant a hedge just about anywhere in the world. However, if you need to fence off an area that includes concrete, a fence might be the only way to go because hedges require soil.

Privacy and Security:
Hedges may offer visual privacy, however, it turns out that they are not very secure. It’s easy for an animal or an intruder to slip through a hedge. If you have dogs or are worried abbot animals getting into your garden, a hedge is probably not the right way to go. Fences offer varying levels of visual privacy, but they are sturdy and great at keeping both intruders and animals out of your yard.

Overall, the choice between a fence and a hedge is a personal one, and there is different answer for everyone. We hope that this guide has helped you to decide what is best for yourself and your yard.

It’s pretty much a given that homes have fences between them, especially in backyards. You probably haven’t ever thought much about your fence, until it comes time to repair it, replace it, or just add some privacy slats. Then the question may come up: whose fence is it anyway? You don’t want to alter the fence if it belongs to your neighbors, and you may feel that if it’s truly a shared fence, they should share the cost. Here is our best guidance to knowing whose fence it is.

Check with the city. Fence laws vary from city to city. Your city should have guidelines on who owns a fence (it may be in your/your neighbor’s deed) and they are the best ones to talk to. At least they will know exactly where your property line (it might be different than you expect!) and can tell you whose side the fence is on. Going through your city will make sure that everything is legal and you have a case if your neighbor complains about anything you do.

Again, checking with your city is the best thing to do and what we recommend. However, in the meantime, here are some tricks to help you make an educated guess:
1. If your fence has one, what side is the “pretty side” of the fence on? When someone installs a fence, the poles are usually on the side that they install it from. Thus, whoever doesn’t have the “pretty side” of the fence is usually the owner. This can depend on a lot of factors, so it’s a starting point, not a definite factor.
2. Check with the landlord. If either you or your neighbor is renting, check with the landlord. If you’re going to make changes to a fence, it should go through them anyway. They will likely have more information about the property.
3. Ask your neighbor. Especially if they have lived there longer than you, it’s a good idea to ask as they probably have knowledge about the fence. Or they may not know but may be willing to make a compromise with you anyway.

When in doubt, you can always add a fence to your side of the property line. If it turns out that your neighbor owns the fence and is refusing to do anything about it and you need it changed (say you have a dog and there are gaping holes), you can always add another fence on your side of the property. This way it is your fence for sure. This isn’t an ideal situation and it may anger your neighbors, so think carefully before you decide to do so.

Hopefully this has helped you figure out who owns the fence so that you can upgrade to the fence of your dreams from PrivacyLink!