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Tips for Trellising a Chain Link Fence

morning glories on chainlink fenceFew fence materials are as practical as the chain link fence. Portland homeowners often choose chain link fencing because it’s versatile, cost-effective and stands up well under heavy rains. In the world of fencing materials, chain link is a dependable work horse.

Homeowners who choose chain link fencing for its practicality often bemoan the fact that it’s not as attractive as other fence materials. Portland gardeners, however, know the secret to incorporating chain link fence into a landscape and disguising its utilitarian appearance: trellising.

By treating your chain link fence like a trellis and encouraging plants and vines to climb it, you can add lushness to your garden while hiding your unsightly fence materials. Portland homeowners who are interested in trellising a chain link fence should keep these tips in mind:

  • Stay away from invasive species such as ivy, as these can quickly spread out of control and are difficult to root out once they’ve taken hold.
  • Combine different vines to add a variety of colors, shapes and textures to your chain link fence. Portland plants that are popular for trellising include morning glory, trumpet vine and honeysuckle.
  • Mix annuals with perennials, as annuals grow faster and will provide initial coverage while you wait for your perennials to fill in.
  • Carefully consider spacing of your climbing plants. To give your fence a fuller look, space each plant 8-12 inches apart.
  • Encourage your plants to grow laterally by tying branches to your fence with green stretch tape.

With a little time and effort, you’ll hardly be able to tell you have a chain link fence at all. Instead, you’ll be looking at a living wall of beautiful flowers and vines.

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