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Big cedar fence posts: need de-uglification

Posted by carol6ma_7ari zones 6 & 7a (My Page) on
Fri, May 7, 10 at 10:22

Our new potager (still bare) has wire fencing held up by tall 5" diam. cedar poles. The north side poles are really, really tall (8 ft.) for future climbing roses. The south side poles are currently 5 ft. high because the poles, set into the ground to a 3 ft. depth, stick up that much. We could saw them down to a 3 ft. height which would match the wire fence on that side.

But the 5-footers (I'm advised by you fellow potagerists to leave them that high as an anti-deer device) need visual softening. What do you suggest: small shrubs planted outside the potager in front of the posts? I don't want to block the sunlight to the potager veggies. NOT hanging flowerpots because we're only there on weekends so there's no way to keep them watered. Or should I nail interesting decor to them? If I don't do something soon, the neighbors may start calling our yard the Totem Pole Farm! Help!


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RE: Big cedar fence posts: need de-uglification

scarlet runner beans?

Not sure how much light they would block

RE: Big cedar fence posts: need de-uglification

A collection of decorative bird houses on top? Or just decorative post caps? They even have solar lights for post caps. Sounds like yours might be round, but you could probably the ones for 6"x6" square posts (which are actually 5.5" x 5.5") and attach them to the top of the posts with construction adhesive (Liquid Nails). Or even metal lanterns with candles would be cool. Again, Liquid Nails is your friend (as long as you never want to remove them...LOL).

Personally, I think the bird houses would be cute. They even have some adorable ceramic ones. I'm leaving one post high for a birdhouse and possibly swagging roses, too. First I want to convince myself that the roses won't cast too much shade.


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