We featured a fabulous post about how to create a safe space for yourself when you’re living in an un-safe environment. One of the issues was that of not being allowed to put up a fence, when you desperately need one — to discourage neighborhood dogs from overrunning the yard, to keep weird neighbors from invading your privacy, or even to keep your own dogs (or kids) from joining said neighborhood pack.
Offbeat Homies to the rescue! So many of you suggested awesome non-fence-type fencing that I thought I’d share the good advice…
For visible fence hacks
Could you plant trees like cypresses to make a virtual fence in your backyard? They grow quickly, and a leyland cyprus would block the view. Prickly plants like roses would work for the front yard and still would look pretty while keeping the pups out. –Chrissy
With shrubs, run wire as fencing inside the bushes that your neighbors can’t see, but that will keep invading animals (or people) out! My mom did this in her shrubs to keep the water company from walking through — and killing — her shrubs to check a meter (the opening in the shrubs is less than 10 feet away.) –Dootsie
There are certain plants that people plant beneath their windows that offer mild view obstruction, and can deter criminals — big rose bushes, cacti, crown of thorns (bonus for being pokey and poisonous), etc. -Cass
I would also recommend large cacti as fencing. This was actually used around General Vallejo‘s fort in the area I grew up in. And while they might be expensive to buy, over time they create an excellent and scary barrier no fence can compete with. -ZsaZsa
My grandma had a ‘wall’ of cacti around the chicken coop to fend off strays and predators. It worked. I also recommend bamboo: yeah it spreads like a weed, but if you build boxes/barriers for it, it will become a tall and thick wall of sorts soon. -Tiffany
For invisible fence hacks:
As a professional gardener, I’m always looking for ways to keep pests out of yards. I’m going to try a vinegar fence. Essentially, pour a bunch of vinegar in a perimeter. Apparently dogs hate it. It’ll mess up your grass, but no more than dogs already do. -Sara
Or, if the vinegar doesn’t work, how about a motion activated sprinkler? -Jamie
[To keep dogs in] what about the virtual dog fences like this one. -Aldebrana
Keep ’em coming, kids! What other secret fencing hacks do you have in those brilliant noggins?