February 21st, 2012
Vertical gardening is one of the latest trends in gardening, as real estate lots continue to shrink and yards are increasingly eaten up by outdoor living spaces. With sustainable practices on the rise, more and more homeowners are getting their hands dirty and growing their own food. For homeowners who don’t have a lot of space to plant a garden, however, planting up instead of out is often the best option.
Vertical gardeners use a variety of materials and methods to extend their gardens toward the sky. Trellises, arbors and pergolas have been commonly used for this purpose since long before vertical gardening had a name. Many homeowners have also begun using their fences for vertical gardening – wood fences, vinyl fencing and especially the ubiquitous chain link fence can all become support structures for vertical gardens. This serves a dual purpose by allowing the garden to expand upward while also beautifying a boring or unattractive fence. Read the rest of this entry »
July 29th, 2010
Landscaping your yard can be tough, and for all the time and energy you spend on getting it to look just right, you want to make sure the fence you pick fits the type of yard you have. With all the fencing options available, how can you know you’re making the right decision? Never fear. We here at Rick’s Fencing have put together a quick and easy run-down of the top three most popular fences and the kinds of yards or gardens they work best with:
1. Solid Style Cedar Fence. Nothing says class and privacy like a solid style cedar fence. This fencing type works really well in neighborhoods with closely-set houses and lush, green gardens. The color of the wood goes well with green, leafy shrubs, grass, climbing vines, trees and water features. Flower gardens are a nice complement, too, though you’ll want to make sure the fence doesn’t block any much-needed sun. In short, solid style cedar fences go well with any well-planned, well-maintained yard or garden.
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February 28th, 2010
Bringing home a new puppy or dog means lots of laughter, plenty of awws, and a whole lot of sniffing. It also means you’ll probably want to think about fencing your yard. It helps if you take into account the breed or temperament of your dog before you choose the type of fence you want to install. Here are some guidelines for matching your new dog or puppy to the fence that will be most effective:
If your dog is a jumper: Six-foot fence.
A typical six-foot tall fence should be adequate for most medium-sized dogs, but if you’ve got an especially talented jumper, try correcting this behavior with a jumping harness. It may be uncomfortable for the dog during the training period, but it’s better than your dog climbing the fence and accidentally hanging himself on his leash. Another solution is to add a barrier to the top of the fence to discourage climbing.
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