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Jun 4, 2015
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Ottawa, ON


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Nov 17, 2012
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You should first ask the city what you're allowed to put up and how close to the fence you can go. That may also be dictated by the actual property lines - is the chainlink fence right on the property line, or is there a buffer between it and your property?

You might be able to put a wood fence right on your property line and be done with it. Otherwise if you plant things, you're going to have to maintain them on both your side and the side of the walkway possibly as the shrubs/trees grow into the city owned space.
Jun 4, 2020
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Clarington, ON
Can you ask the city to contribute what the chain link would cost to build a 6 for wood fence?
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KevinM56081 wrote: Can you ask the city to contribute what the chain link would cost to build a 6 for wood fence?
+1, ask the city to upgrade to a tall wooden fence.
Plants will take up much more room than a fence.
I see lots of people with tall wood fences right up against the chain link fence, so you'd only loose 4-6in.
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Feb 7, 2017
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The downside to pathways
Is the possibility of vandalism to your property / theft etc
Also a solid barrier / fence next to a pathway is an invitation for graffiti

My best solution
Is plant an evergreen hedge just inside the chain link
It will give you both privacy & security

Sure it’s gonna eat up a bit of space inside your yard
But the benefits far out weigh the cons
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Agree with the above poster. Evergreen hedge on your side of the fence is the best solution. Privacy & security, and cheap (with a little maintenance).
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A cedar hedge is the way to go. Looks great and gives you privacy.
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Feb 4, 2010
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Cedar hedges would be my vote too provided the area gets enough sun... you may want to hire a professional landscaping company to do it if you want an instant mature hedge. You have to make sure you water it regularly the roots establish.

I wouldn't get the ones from big box stores though, they often don't survive.

My neighbour planted about 15 a few years back along his chain link fence and while they're healthy looking they have barely grown in height- they don't even reach the top of the chain link fence and are not evenly spaced. It's another good reason to hire a professional company in my opinion, Ingenuity warranty their work. They also get good quality shrubs and trees from trusted nurseries.
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You want plantings that will deter ppl from jumping the fence ideally.

Barberry shrubs are great because they
> low maintenance
> thorny which is great anyone and everyone at bay
> and they are very colourful
> different varieties grow different heights
> prune them like a hedge so they don't grow too wide.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/orname ... e-tips.htm

some pics of varieties
https://www.thetreecenter.com/shrubs-an ... /barberry/
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