Flower Bed Against A Fence

LeeAnneKMJuly 23, 2013

Hello!
I am planning on creating a bed against a shared "privacy" fence (staggered boards). Do I need to staple some type of landscape plastic or something to the boards to keep the earth retained on my side and not allow it to wash on to my neighbor's property through the fence?

If I really had my way, I would like to create a sloping bed up against the fence. How would this be done? Something to protect against the fence and then something to retain at the bottom to keep the earth in the bed and from washing down?

Many thanks....Lee Anne

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yardvaark

First, though we see it here all the time, recognize that using a fence as a retaining wall is a bad practice that, at the very least, tends to be unhealthy for the fence. It is best not to do this if there is any way to avoid it. If you want recommendations for other ways of handling the problem, submit a picture (not a close-up) that illustrates the conditions. You might also explain why you think it's necessary to raise the grade at the fence.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2013 at 12:33PM
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jkom51(Z9 CA/Sunset 17)

It's a lot healthier for the fence to dig down and create a well-prepared groundlevel bed in front of the fence. Closely spaced plantings will quickly obscure the lower part of the fence without damaging it.

Fence area: new fence is up, but bed hasn't been dug yet.

A recent photo:

    Bookmark   July 27, 2013 at 4:45PM
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