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Growing Fence-Friendly Vines

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One of the many advantages of having a fence is being able to customize it however you’d like. For many, having a fence is a great opportunity to grow fence-friendly vines. This feature will instantly elevate the look and feel of your backyard while simultaneously giving you and your family the privacy that you deserve. Our fence company in Park Ridge has learned some major dos and don’ts when it comes to the process of growing fence-friendly vines because if they are not taken care of the right way, they can become destructive. The vines themselves crawl up your fence or whatever structure they are on and soak up the sun to do so. However, over time, you may find that the vines hold on so tight to a structure that they play a part in bringing it down. 

Here are some tips on how to properly grow vines that will instantly elevate the look and feel of your fence. 

Choosing the Right Vines

Certain vines lend themselves better to fences than others. You’ll want to avoid fast-growing, woody vines, as they can quickly turn invasive. As they grow along and onto your fence, they hold excess moisture that is constantly pressing against your wooden fence. This creates an opportunity for fungus, mold, bugs and other fence-damaging hazards. Woody vines may also cause major breakage in your fence posts, causing the structure to come down as a whole. Examples of these types of vines include hydrangea or English ivy. Over time, they may cause massive destruction to your fence and require that it is taken down altogether. Keep in mind that one of the only ways to get rid of an invasive species once it has begun to take over your fence is through a series of controlled burns 

Fence-Friendly Vines

Thankfully, you have different options when it comes to picking vines that won’t damage your fence. The type of vine that you choose to grow on your fence depends on the type of fence that you have, as different vines may have different effects on certain materials. If you have a wooden fence, the safest vine options for you include non-woody vines such as moonflower, sweet pea and morning glory. Make sure that you remove the vines at the end of growing season so they can’t cause rot or other damages. If you have a vinyl fence, you can opt for coral honeysuckle or clematis. If you have an aluminum fence, you can opt for wisteria, climbing hydrangea, or rambling roses.

Contact our fence company in Park Ridge if you have further questions about what vines are right for your fence!

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