Learn about a few practical fencing options to suit your home’s style.
by Danielle Taylor | Photos by Cindy Thiede
This fence style of bordering is common in western Europe, where stony soils needed to be cleared for farming and to delineate property boundaries. Modern versions can be made using dry-stacked stone construction, which involves strategically stacking the stones to interlock and remain stable without mortar, or traditional masonry techniques that bind the stones.
Hedges are often thought of as highly manicured rows of shrubbery, but they can comprise any woody vegetation sufficient enough to establish a boundary. To increase a hedge’s chances of success, it’s best to use locally thriving flora, such as northern bayberry in New England, forsythia through much of the South and cacti in the Southwest.
|Stacked Split Rail
Often associated with Civil War battlefields and other historical sites, this fencing option cropped up in areas with abundant timber. Unlike other styles, stacked split rail fences (also called Virginia rail, worm or snake fences) require few tools or hardware to prepare or erect, and they can be built in areas where the soil is too rocky to dig post holes.
Also known as a mortised split rail, post-and-rail, or board fence, depending on the materials used and the method of connecting the posts and rails, this fencing option is more permanent than the stacked variety and can be made to look as elegant or as rugged as you like. To help keep pets or livestock inside, or pests and small game out, wire netting can be added to the structure, often almost invisibly.
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