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How to Create a Border Between Your Yard and Your Neighbor’s

Adjoining yards are continuously pretty. They form a problem, though, if one neighbor dislikes how the other mows his grass, waters the lawn, or allows scrub to grow. How does a neighbor distinguish between the scrub and his pristine lawn? With a border, of course.

How to Create a Border Between Your Yard and Your Neighbor's

Plant a Hedge

Decide what type of shrub you want to use as a hedge. With string and stakes, lay out the path or line you want the hedge to take. Plant the shrubs far enough on your side of the property that fully grown branches won’t impact your neighbor’s yard.

Tips for Planting Hedges

Remember these important things about hedges:

  • Hedges require shaping and pruning. You must have the time to do this, or the hedge will grow wild
  • Your HOA should know what you plan, lest there be rules and regulations you don’t know about – height regulations, for example
  • A hedge makes an excellent sound and fume barrier between your yard and the road

Plant Wildflowers or Raised Flower Beds

No one will deny that flowers are a prettier border between properties than, say, a barbed-wire fence. With flowers, you have a choice: you can plant formal beds of flowers or you can plant wildflowers. Wildflowers are native to your area and draw bees, butterflies, and birds. What a lovely way to separate your yard from the neighbors!

Raise a Fence

Homeowners with children and pets to be kept on the property have a choice in fencing. Today’s wood fences are gorgeous and range from rails to lattice, and solid fences in cedar, oak, pinewood, and redwood. Did you know chain link fencing comes with wood posts? Metal fences range from decorative wrought iron to steel and aluminum. These metals can be formed into wire mesh or rails and posts. Either way, they’d look pretty as a border against the neighbor’s property.

Pave the Way

You can use decorative gravel and stones, pavers, plain concrete, stone or brick, or any one of a dozen decorative or useful things like logs, railroad ties, or Legos (we’ve seen people use Legos for all kinds of things.) The idea is to use a pavement of sorts to border the neighbor’s property.

Some homeowners use the paving materials to create a meandering path through the property. They plant gardens around the path, which of course further divides the properties. They also place small tables and chairs along the path for tea with visitors, for example.


Author Bio: Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber;

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