Post # 1
My house has about 1/3 of an acre yard and I am considering fencing in the backyard. I would like to keep other dogs and deer out of my yard so I could have a garden. If I get a dog of my own, I’d like to have a space for it to run around outside. My city allows 4 ft high fences.
Neither of my neighbors have fences and I don’t want to make it harder for anyone to mow their yard. I don’t know if that is a concern?
Bees, is this a good idea? Pros/cons? Does it add any value to have a fenced in yard?
Post # 3
I’d put a fence up. If your neighbors care, they can just use a weed wacker. not too difficult. Plus a fence will add value to your house! What type of fence are you thinking of putting up?? my parents put up a fence like this:
It’s vinyl so easy maintenance (just power wash!). Slats are close enough together to keep the dogs in. and it looks so pretty!
Edit:Not to mention.. it’s supposed to deter break ins from the back? I mean I don’t see how it’d deter too much, but normally fences are associated with dogs and security systems so I gues it def can deter
Post # 4
I would fence in the entire yard. Its a plus for future dog owners. Depending on how big your dog is, they might want the whole yard to run around in.
Post # 5
I can’t answer any of your other questions, but a 4-foot high fence won’t keep deer out, so you’d have to do something else to protect your garden. My parents weren’t successful at keeping deer out of the yard until they went to a 7-foot fence.
Post # 6
When we went house hunting a fence was a number 1 priority. I think it would add a lot of value and be awesome to have when you get a dog. I agree vinyl is the easiest to maintain, its what we have now and I love it 🙂
Post # 7
@Woodstock: yes, I really like that option. My house is an ivory and chocolate colors on the outside so hopefully can find something to match!
Post # 8
- Wedding: July 2013 - Rock Hill Country Club, Manorville NY
If you can afford to fence in your yard, I say do it. We have 2.5 acres and I desperately want a fence but it is sooo expensive! We’ll have to wait.
And I wouldn’t worry about your neighbors caring. I think fences add to the aesthetic of the neighborhood, and you know what they say; Good fences make good neighbors.
Post # 9
I’d fence the entire thing. I fenced yard is a big plus with dogs, kids, etc. Plus, there’s always the saying of “good fences make good neighbors”.
We got our builders to put in a wrought iron fence for us and we love the look!
Post # 10
Definitely fence the whole yard! It will help with future resale (my husband and I want a house with a fenced in yard for our dog) and you’ll be prepared if you do get a dog! And as you said, it will keep dogs out of your yard. 🙂
Post # 11
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
Never regretted having a fence. My ex husband and I fenced in the yard of our house on our own. It was nice having the extra privacy and being able to let the dog out without a leash.
Post # 12
You should definitely fence it in. I’d recomment leaving a little of your property outside the fence just in case there are property line issues and so that it doesn’t affect your neighbors mowing. Our fence is about 2 feet inside our property line on the sides and it works out well.
Post # 13
Having lived in southern california most of my life I have no concept of an unfensed yard. Everyone’s property is completely fenced here. If your yard is not fenced doesn’t it just look like public property?
In any case, I say fence it. It’s feel like it actually belongs to your house and you’ll gain some privacy and security for your dog.
Post # 14
We just fenced our entire yard – it was approx. 400 feet of fencing and went thru the same scenario on whether to fence it all or only do half. After seeing our dogs run all over the yard free – it was such a good investment and peace of mind 🙂
Post # 15
Probably someone else has said this, but a 4ft fence won’t keep deer out.
Post # 16
@kerensa: i’m 95% sure you can get it in off white and a tan color. Don’t know for sure. Also if you think you and your hubby are confident, you can rent a post digger and install the fence yourself to save money. Just be sure to get a land surveyer out to do the property lines so that you never have any disagreements about it ever.