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Build a Safe Home Playground

Fences Make Good Neighbors

All About Arbors and Trellises

Deck Design

Green Grass the Professional Way

Mailbox Beautification: Landscaping to the Letter

How to Live with Wildlife

Termite Proof Landscaping

Ornamental Trees are Year-Round Performers

No More Deer

The Arrival of Jack Frost

Parameters of Proper Pruning


Preliminary Dos and Don'ts

Look Up Local Codes

Before you get started, check with your local zoning enforcement office or community association. Most communities restrict the height or distance from the property line. Your rear fence might go as high as 6 or 7 feet, while the front might be no higher than 3 or 4 feet. If the style of the fence is more open, the rule might be less restrictive.

Pinpoint Property Lines

Check the survey attached to your deed, if you plan to install a fence on or near the property line. If you don't have a survey, get a copy of the deed from the county clerk's office, or hire a surveyor to do a new one.

Partner Up on the Price

Of course, cost is a consideration. But if you get along with your neighbors, you might get them to agree to share the financial burden. Make sure you get the agreement in writing.

If Neighbors Don't Agree

If they don't want to help install a fence, you still have the right to install one yourself on your own property. Just make sure you pinpoint the boundary, and place it well within your side of the line. But be neighborly about it. Tell them what you plan to build.

Call Mr. or Ms. Utility

Check with your utility company to avoid the shocking experience of digging into a gas, electric or water line. Reposition the fence-post holes, if necessary. Be sure to allow enough space around trees to give them room to grow.

Those are some introductory tips. Now let's get down to the design details.

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