This is the third post on fences, but I am sure it will not be my last. I really like fences. I was not sure about installing a large privacy fence though until I saw Melanies fence over at Old Country Gardens (http://melaniesoldcountrygarden.blogspot.com/
Her fence did not seem overpowering and really seemed to fit in well. I have a 260 long mixed border and gardens along the northern side of my property. I did not want a privacy fence on the southern side because it would block all of the sun. This fence, being on the northern side worked out well for my plants and my garden. It not only provides me privacy but also makes an awesome backdrop for the borders and protects the plants from the north wind. I love it.
The first picture shows John and one of his helpers working in the snow to drill out the holes. They came right after we had a bit of wet, soggy snow. The holes promptly filled up with water and once drilled, they had to be left for a week or so in order to drain.
The next time the three guys came they quickly installed the 4x4x8 pressure treated support posts. They then let those 16 posts sit for a few days for the concrete to set up.
When next they came I was amazed at how quickly and efficiently they worked. The 2x4x16 were quickly laid out and nail gunned into the support posts. The tops of the support poles were trimmed, and the pickets were all installed. All 500 plus of them.
The final picture shows the finished fence from the front yard view. The only thing I am not totally happy about is the fact the pickets are shrinking. All pressure treated shrinks and people need to be aware of this. I knew they would shrink once installed and was prepared for a gap between the boards, but I am still not too happy with it. Though, to look on the bright side, when that strong northern wind blows it will have some room to blow through the fence and hopefully will not blow the fence down!
in the garden....