Post # 1
My husband and I recently bought a home with a reasonably sized, not-fenced yard. There’s not really much of any barrier between our yard and our neighbors yard and it makes me feel a little uncomfortable back there sometimes. I feel like its not “my” space since everyone can peek in or wander through. We also have a dog, who is very well behaved but sometimes chases after a squirrel or two into neighboring yards. No one has complained but it makes me nervous.
I’d like to install a nice fence around the perimeter, but my husband doesnt like this idea. He thinks our future children will find it limiting, and it will “cut us off from the neighborhood” I’m not sure how I can get my privacy without going against what my husband wants. I thought about big tree plantings, but we’ve got a utility easement on our property that means we couldn’t do that on one side of the property. Any suggestions? How do you make your yard private?
Post # 3
A fence? Honestly it means keeping the kids safer and contained, not cutting them off. We always had a 6′ privacy fence for our backyard and we never felt limited. If he hates the idea of a full tall fence then maybe a half tall fence? Or a chain link one?
Post # 4
Dog? Kids? I would definitely want a fence.
Post # 5
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You could plant a hedgerow in stead of a fence. But yeah, with a dog, a physical barrier is essential. It’s a liability issue.
Post # 6
Agreed, a fence is necessary if you live in that close of quarters. Just don’t make it too tall and you won’t feel cut off. When you have little ones you won’t want them running through the neighbors yards wondering where the heck they went. OR the dog. It’s your house so you should all be safe and comfy in the back yard! I don’t know anyone who doesn’t have a relationship with their neighbors because they have a fence.
Post # 7
Fence for sure. I always had a fence as a kid and I never felt “cut off”. And you don’t have to get a full out privacy fence. Maybe as a compromise with your husband you can do a wrought iron fence or a picket fence or something so it is still a bit more open.
Post # 8
I wouldn’t want to move into a house without a fence! I think fences make good neighbors!
Post # 9
Definitely a fence.. how would it cut the kids off? They could always go around it. It’s not a jail :).
You know what they say, great fences make great neighbors. I just wanted to have my space, land and backyard living seperate from my neighbors so we built a fence as soon as we could (once the ground had settled.. we moved in to a new development). We also have a dog now and I’m glad she can freely roam and not have to worry about it.
Post # 10
We spent a significant amount of time and money putting up a fence when we moved into our home since we have two dogs. Looking back on it in regards to the dogs, I think an electric fence would have been more effecient and less expensive. I would have done the underground one that line the perimeter. But now DH and I are expecting our 1st little one and are thrilled we have the fence. It will give us privacy and as my children get older they will be able to play in the yard by themselves (of course with me checking on them 100x) and we will be able to lock the fence and feel safe that people cannot come into our yard and approach our children. We do live in a dense residential neighborhood on a dead end street and noone else has a fence so the neighbors were hesitant at first but we just remained open and honest about our plans and things worked out very well.
Post # 11
We have a 4′ black steel fence like the ones that usually go around a pool and we really like it. We don’t have a huge yard so we didn’t want a giant privacy fence closing us in, plus we have a nice view right down the back of everyone else’s yards that we didn’t want to lose. I couldn’t live without a fence for my dogs lol…
Post # 12
With a dog and potential children I don’t think there is another option but a fence. It’s a safety and a liability issue.
Maybe you could do a chain link fence of some sort instead of a privacy fence(although I prefer privacy fences) but I feel a fence is a must hae.