A Quick Guide to Choosing the Right Fence

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Choosing the Right FenceA Quick Guide to Choosing the Right Fence

Installing a backyard fence is one of the most valuable investments you can make in your property. Whether you’re giving your dog a safe place to play, adding privacy from your neighbors, defining your property line, or preventing intruders from entering, your fence will serve a number of important purposes. This means that you want to be sure that choosing the right fence out of the right materials to achieve your goals.

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Make Your Fencing Work for Your Pets

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Fencing Work for Your PetsHow to Make Your Fencing Work for Your Pets

In many households across Florida, pets are members of the family who are bathed, fed, pampered, and loved just like children. So it makes sense that these homeowners want to install fences to keep their dogs safe as they run around and play. But not all fences are created equal, and pet owners need to carefully select fencing and understand how to make your fencing work for your pets.

If Your Dog Is a Jumper

Every dog has its own unique personality, and sometimes that personality leads your dog to make a habit of jumping over the backyard fence. This can pose a major problem if your dog then runs away, bites a neighbor, or gets into other trouble without you realizing. If you know your dog is likely to be a jumper, you need to install a fence that will prevent this behavior and give you the peace of mind you need. A “roof” that comes inward off the top of the fence at a 45 or 90 degree angle, for example, will stymie even the most determined jumper. If your local codes allow it, you can also opt for a higher six foot fence that is too tall for nearly all jumpers. (more…)

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Have You Ever Considered Concrete Fencing?

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Concrete FencingHave You Ever Considered Concrete Fencing?

If you need a fence for your home or business, you are likely aware that fencing materials range from aluminum and wood to PVC and vinyl. Each material offers its own unique perks, and it’s easiest to select the best material based on your needs. Some materials are best for privacy, some for security, and others for curb appeal. One fencing option you may have never considered is concrete, but it’s an excellent choice for many different reasons.

Concrete Is Attractive

If you are picturing one large concrete block fence like you might find outside a prison, then revise your mental image. Concrete fences are actually manufactured with a completely natural wood texture that is so realistic that most people won’t realize the fence isn’t wood. You also have a wide range of color options, from titanium and terra cotta to taupe and white. (more…)

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Reinventing the Classic Wooden Fence

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Reinventing the Classic Wooden Fence

Classic Wooden Fence

The classic wooden fence is a classic piece of landscaping history, and while fencing technology has undoubtedly evolved and provided other appealing options for home and business owners, the wooden fence still plays a leading role in the industry. These great ideas put unique spins on the classic wooden fence to make intriguing and irresistible design options.

Make It More Than a Fence

A wooden structure can function as a fence while also offering other benefits. If you have a garden or plants that you would like to emphasize on the inside of your fence, build your wooden fence with a narrow, ladder-sized pergola extending over the length of the fence. Better yet, build the fence itself with many narrow, intersecting pieces of wood that form small squares instead of pickets.

Flowering vines and flowers will thrive on this fence and extend to the pergola, and your wooden fence will transform into a landscaping statement. For an added element of sophistication, replace the standard fence door with a two door gate that compliments the rest of the fence style. (more…)

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The Best Way to Go Green with Your Fence

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Go Green with Your FenceThe Best Way to Go Green with Your Fence

Fifty years ago, the phrase “go green” simply meant buying a new paint color for the kitchen, but today it has taken on an entirely new meaning. In a society with more environmental consciousness than ever before, many Americans are making it their goal to live in a more sustainable manner that places less strain on nature. Everything from purchasing local food to composting and recycling make the environment a better place, and “go green” benefits can even be achieved when installing new fencing around your yard. (more…)

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Unusual Hawaiian Fence Serves an Important Purpose

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Hawaiian FenceUnusual Hawaiian Fence Serves an Important Purpose

A fence isn’t just a fence. There are so many different variations, styles, designs, materials, and purposes that lead to unique and distinctive fences around the world. A Hawaiian fence, for example, is garnering national attention recently for its unusual purpose and placement.

The Endangered Species Problem Facing Hawaii

Hawaii is known for its idyllic vacation spots and breathtakingly beautiful scenery, but it unfortunately also has the title of the endangered species capital of the United States. The state is actually home to a third of all endangered species in America, and 78 percent of extinctions in the country have occurred in Hawaii. This is not only disheartening but also very concerning. More than half of the state’s 130 native birds are now gone, and the rest remain severely endangered. (more…)

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This Fence Will Protect Wildlife

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Protect WildlifeThis Fence will Protect Wildlife

Animals roamed the earth long before humans ever arrived, but population growth and technology development has led humans to become the dominant species on our planet. This has unfortunately caused countless animals to lose their ecosystems and become endangered or extinct. The city commissioners in Hays, Kansas have been forced to acknowledge this problem implement a solution that protect wildlife diversity while still helping Americans maintain their daily travel routines.

Hays Regional Airport Wildlife Fence

Back in 2010, deer were spotted at Hays Regional Airport in Hays, Kansas during an inspection. This led the Federal Aviation Administration to require the airport to build a fence for safety to protect wildlife. Like so many other manmade features, Hays Regional Airport shares land with local animals, but this creates critical safety issues for the animals and airplanes alike. (more…)

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This Fence was No Match for Alaska’s Moose

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Alaska's MooseThis Fence was No Match for Alaska’s Moose

There are plenty of problems that you might expect to break down a strong fence, like hurricane winds or an angry mob. But what about moose? That’s the problem that Anchorage is now facing after Alaska’s moose broke right through a fence in an effort to obtain female attention. The story was brought to the media’s attention by Bryan M. Anderson, who was spending time looking for moose with his daughter on a Sunday morning in Anchorage’s largest park.

Alaska’s Moose

The moose is an animal that most people in the United States know little about. It’s not exactly like deer or squirrels that are easy to catch in their natural habitat in the continental US. Quite the opposite, the Alaska moose lives predominantly in Alaska to Western Yukon and tends to roam independently. If moose do come together, it’s for mating and mating competition purposes, especially in the autumn and winter. In fact, scientists have documented just how aggressive male moose become when they have their eyes on the same female. (more…)

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Fence Dispute Shows the Importance of Property Lines

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Fence DisputeFence Dispute Highlights the Importance of Property Lines

An unlikely conflict has arisen in Connecticut between a bakery and a 92-year-old town resident over a fence dispute. Ann McCarthy has lived in her home on Grant Avenue since 1953 and has always enjoyed the full space of her driveway. After more than 50 years of embracing the land as her own, the bakery next store, Mozzicato DePasquale Bakery and Pastry Shop, is preparing to construct a fence that would be installed directly down the middle of McCarthy’s driveway.

When owner Rino Mozzicato asked permission to install the new fence, he cited liability issues as his reason. McCarthy requested a public hearing to try and stop the motion, but the commission rejected her request and reminded her that the bakery’s fence location would be legal and in compliance with all land use rules. (more…)

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Three Years Later, This Man Still Cannot Build His Dog Fence

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dog fenceAfter Three Years of Effort, This Man Still Cannot Build His Dog Fence

Ross Callahan learned the hard way, the very hard way, that building a dog fence requires the approval of a number of community entities. Callahan’s journey started in 2013 when he wanted to install a simple, attractive fence in his backyards to provide his dogs with the freedom to run and play.

His neighbors had built similar fences over the years without asking permission, but Callahan and his wife didn’t feel right building an entire fence without the correct approvals.

So began a three year journey laced with frustration, disbelief, and many surprising developments. Back in the summer of 2013, Callahan asked the St. Paul’s department of safety and inspections for permission to build a dog fence, and was told he needed to obtain a property survey, mark his corners, and show the documents to the city. Unfortunately, that survey brought to surface a number of unpleasant realizations.

Not only did Callahan’s eaves hang over his neighbor’s property line, but an easement covered half his plot of land and extended so far into his back yard that it encompassed his entire living room. An easement is a slice of land dedicated to the public to accommodate things like utility lines. Behind the easement sat a park path that was allegedly being maintained by a homeowner’s association nobody had ever heard of, and which hadn’t been cared for in nearly a decade. (more…)

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