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Hedge or fence?

 
 
jcboy
 
Reply Mon 30 May, 2011 10:02 am
When I had the pillars built in the front of the house my intent was to fence off the front yard and put a gate between the pillars. I’m still going with the gate but instead of the fence I decided to plant a hedge. This type of hedge grows quickly, like most plants in Florida.

http://i953.photobucket.com/albums/ae16/Marne444/DSC01788.jpg?t=1306771103

http://i953.photobucket.com/albums/ae16/Marne444/DSC01790.jpg?t=1306771201

http://i953.photobucket.com/albums/ae16/Marne444/DSC01789.jpg?t=1306771240

http://i953.photobucket.com/albums/ae16/Marne444/DSC01791.jpg?t=1306771302

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jespah
 
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Reply Mon 30 May, 2011 10:34 am
If you don't need to keep critters in (and I'm imagining the tortoises -- tortii? -- are somewhat easy to contain) then a hedge should be great. What kind of plant(s) is it composed of?
jcboy
 
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Reply Mon 30 May, 2011 10:42 am
@jespah,
That’s what I was thinking, the dogs and tortoises have the back yard so no need to fence in the front. The type of hedge is called Viburnum, grows tall and thick.
Izzie
 
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Reply Mon 30 May, 2011 10:56 am
@jcboy,
Looks fab jc! Very Happy
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CalamityJane
 
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Reply Mon 30 May, 2011 11:03 am
I don't know, it would look nice with a white picket fence and a nice gate.
This way, the dogs and tortoises could use the front yard too, especially
when you sit out on the porch.
Irishk
 
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Reply Mon 30 May, 2011 11:10 am
@jcboy,
The hedge is really pretty. Will you eventually have to do a lot of pruning and shaping?
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JPB
 
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Reply Mon 30 May, 2011 11:14 am
@jcboy,
Oh.... I love viburnum. I have one viburnum judii that's about 8' tall now and has great smelling flowers in the spring. They can get pretty tall.

http://www.evergreengrowers.com.au/images/tubes/viburnum_odoratissimum/001.jpg
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 30 May, 2011 11:15 am
@CalamityJane,
It's now or never, to me, in that putting in proper posts for a well made fence takes some digging and some concrete. Plants may or may not be best temporarily moved. Then there's the matter that the leaves will grow through the picket spaces, if it's a picket fence, a bit hard to trim from the front or behind the fence. If it's a picket type fence, it may look oddly dainty next to a robust viburnum hedge. If it's a solid wood fence, probably to 42" high if that is the code there, I'd personally move the plants a bit back toward the yard.

Which viburnum is it?
CalamityJane
 
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Reply Mon 30 May, 2011 09:00 pm
@ossobuco,
Yes, but look at JPB's picture, it has a fence and a hedge - both look very nice.
jcboy
 
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Reply Tue 31 May, 2011 05:47 pm
I like the idea of the hedge and fence, might have to re-think the whole thing now Smile
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Tue 31 May, 2011 05:57 pm
@jcboy,
Why not a laser fence and/or some Portal turret guns?
https://d1ij7zv8zivhs3.cloudfront.net/assets/1214731/lightbox/903ee575c9395837b26b2051813c251b.jpg?1277206033
http://www.planetdamage.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/portal_turrets.jpg

Fun and festive! Great for lowering one's home insurance as well.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 31 May, 2011 06:06 pm
@CalamityJane,
I said I liked that fence with the hedge. It had a balancing presence to the hedge, though I didn't articulate that. The spacing could vary, especially re dogs and turtles, but I liked what I saw.

A typical viburnum can be beefy. I was questioning a dainty typical bought picket fence (not all picket fences are slight but many promote that aspect even if custom designed) against viburnum.

I have design hundreds of fences and specified hundreds if not thousands of hedges. I was expressing my opinion. On JPB's photo, I liked it.

What we don't know is how high and wide JC expects to maintain his hedge in perpetuity, or what codes are for fencing or hedge heights in his area. We haven't talked about shade in the yard.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 31 May, 2011 06:13 pm
@CalamityJane,
I apologize. I guess that opinion didn't get into my post, or I failed to press reply on the post where I said that. But, wait, it was clear enough to me...
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msolga
 
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Reply Tue 31 May, 2011 08:13 pm
I rather like the idea of an "internal", supportive structural fence (which remains hidden) , which the plants grow through & around.
But I'm thinking it might be too late for such an option.
That's just my preference, I'm certain that whatever you decide to do will look great, judging form the rest of the work you've done so far, on this & your other thread.
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oolongteasup
 
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Reply Wed 1 Jun, 2011 09:06 pm
@jcboy,
ooo err sweet viburnum sweet cheeks now you're looking sexy

the hedge is the fence i hope the gate is wrought in black

love the strelitzia it is so you honeybunch

i'd prefer my orange trumpet creeper up your backyard instead of the bamboo

and low growing palms and bromeliads in the shade

can you cook?
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jcboy
 
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Reply Mon 29 Aug, 2011 04:52 pm
The hedge I planted has grown a couple feet and is starting to fill out nicely. And now that a five year old will be living here I will be going with the fence as well.

http://i953.photobucket.com/albums/ae16/Marne444/hedge3.jpg

http://i953.photobucket.com/albums/ae16/Marne444/hedge4.jpg
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roger
 
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Reply Mon 29 Aug, 2011 05:31 pm
@jcboy,
Around here, I would probably hedge with pyracantha. In South Florida I might use Bouganville - and I apologize for the spelling of both.

Neither might sound friendly, but they're good with missionaries and other solicitors.
Pemerson
 
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Reply Mon 29 Aug, 2011 05:39 pm
I would like to see a wrought iron fence with small gate, of same, between posts. Beautiful photos you have there.
jcboy
 
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Reply Mon 29 Aug, 2011 05:40 pm
@roger,
haha true, I have a bouganville in the backyard but that thing needs trimmed every few months, grows like crazy.
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jcboy
 
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Reply Mon 29 Aug, 2011 05:43 pm
@Pemerson,
Thanks, I thought about that. The gate will have a deadbolt so he can't get out of the yard and nobody can get in, will have to move te mailbox and have it put on one of the pillars.
 

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