Not sure of this is a landscaping issue or gardening issue - but perhaps
a bit of both...
My family and I moved into a new house over the summer and are thinking
of installing some fencing to improve our privacy/security. We have
about 60ft of mature beech hedge and about 30ft of hornbeam separated by
our front drive. The hedging is mature standing at over 2m high and
about 1m thick. We live in quite a rural area and have many 'visitors'
to our garden including deer and local dogs. I also have a young
family and would like to have a dog of our own soon so am keen to keep
things out as well as in! Although the hedging is thick, its a little
bit patchy and as we head into Autumn/Winter, our privacy will only get
worse although I expect both hedges to hold on to their leaves quite
By adding fencing, I would like to increase our security as well as
reduce the visibility of our house from the road. So I would like to
ask 2 questions to the forum:
1. What type of fencing should I use. I have been advised to go for
post and rail with either chainlink or dog fence-type wire below the top
bar downwards. The fence installers insist they can set the fence quite
far back into the hedge so when it comes to Spring it will grow through
and will hardly be seen. I'm a little sceptical and concerned that they
may either damage the hedge in the process or that the
chainlink/dogfence will restrict the growth of the hedge (I have read
elsewhere on a separate post that someone had a problem with leaf growth
on a beech hedge next to fencing?) and it may not grow through properly
and thereby destroying the magnificent view of a beech hedge in full
leaf come the summer.
2. Which side of the hedge should the fence typically be installed. On
the inside of hedge (i.e. where it may be viewable from inside the
garden) or on the outside (where it can be viewed from the road)?
If anybody has any experience of this or just helpful advice, it would
certainly be most appreciated.