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Question DetailsAsked on 4/4/2012

Am buying a rental property which has a trash filled yard to the north. My property has a chain link fence. How do I block the view quickly

This fence surrounds the back and sides of the property. It is 5 ft. tall and in good condition. I live in Tucson, Az. thank you, Sandra Gaskill

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Contact an Arborist recommended by Angie's List and discuss planting Leyland Cypress trees.

Answered 8 years ago by loustorm


Short of buying an instant greenbelt (pretty pricey) or waiting years to grow one, you have a couple of other options:

1) replace your fence with wood or vinyl slatted board fence, at $10-30/SF generally.

2) buy the cheap vinyl (short life) or steel (much longer life) chain link fence weave (also called privacy weave) and weave it into your fence, basically making it nearly solid in appearance. Be sure to checkk reviews on what you buy - some are one size fits all chain link, so leave visible gaps between themm on larger chain link mesh (there are 3 common sizes out there). Here is a link images of what it looks like in place -

There are a lot of other drapes and weaves you can use that simulate vegetation, wood, etc - go to this link (which is for vinyl weave from Amazon) and go down toCustomers Who Also Viewed This Item, and you will see the other type products available.

All cost about $0.50-1.00/SF to buy, and would cost about that much again to have a handyman install it if you don't want to do it yourself, except on the fingers after awhile. Not at all hard, just tedious - makes a good job to do a bit every few days over a couple of weeks.

Of course, you could plant bushes or trees in front of it to grow up and conceal the weave eventually.

Other plants that grow reasonably fast to conceal eyesores, depending on your locale, but of course need pruning or hdge trimming several times a year - cottoneaster, privet hedge, dawn redwood, etc. Check gardening sites for privacy hedge plants. Also, things like trumpet vines and witchhazel can be planted to climb it and cover it, and even the dead vines cover things pretty well as long as you don't tear them off in the fall.

Check zoning regs on privacy fencing - some communities limit solid fence height to 3 to 5 feet, so check before doing. Usually not a problem at 5 feet and below - most start limiting at 6 feet.

Answered 7 years ago by LCD

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