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hiding cable and phone boxes

Posted by jvan GA (My Page) on
Wed, Apr 1, 09 at 22:10

I have some phone and cable boxes in my front yard with nothing but lawn around them and would like to hide them or at least not have them stick out like a sore thumb. I had planted a pampas grass there last year, but think i will take that out after reading negative reviews about it and put in maiden grass.

what else should i put in? any recommended plants? (Is it recommended to build a whole bed which is more work..) and don't plant more than about two feet near the boxes? My guess is the lines run straight to the homes and on either side I can safely dig.


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RE: hiding cable and phone boxes

I must confess, I have never seen those located in the middle of someone's property. They are usually found at the junction of adjacent properties.

You don't want to plant anything that will impede access to the towers, or it will be damaged or destroyed the first time someone needs to access them.

Most people plant some type of tall grasses around them, which can permit easy access, with minimal damage.

Since they are located in a highly visible location, you may want to add some additional plantings around the grasses or other tall plants you choose, to provide a more pleasing appearance.

Before digging near the towers, I would call the Utility Locator service number, usually found in the front pages of the phone book and have them mark the exact location of the cables. Installers don't always follow conventional and logical rules when they place those cables!
If you damage the cables, without having them located, you could be charged for repairs.

RE: hiding cable and phone boxes

Ditto on calling the utilities. If nothing else, it's very good information to have. I sliced a cable line that was only about 2" max underground and way out in left field from where it "should" be. Thankfully it was not connected. A man from the phone co. told me there is 220v running through a phone line when it rings - I find that a bit hard to believe, but it is what he said and I'll respect that.

call before you dig is a one stop source to get all your utility lines marked. Within three days after asking for this service, all my utilities had stopped by and marked my line paths.

I've seen people put short cedar fences around boxes placed in a yard, and plant shrubs on the outside of the fence. That way none of the plants get ruined and you can really use anything you want so long as there is access to the inside of the fence and boxes. They have a lot of those in-the-yard boxes going on in Fla.

RE: hiding cable and phone boxes

A neighbor had one of those big boxes in his front yard and planted pampass grass around it. A couple of years later, he was told to remove it because it limited access to the box. So I'd call first.

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