Good fences make good neighbors. This statement has always been true for us, except this year. Since the beginning of the year, we have been tested so many times and in so many ways by one of our new neighbors. Neighbors who do not respect boundaries are a pain. To save ourselves from aggravation and not wanting to start a fight (with people who are clearly in for one), we had to turn to the law. We installed a security camera last month and decided to put up a fence, nice and high. The next step will most likely be to electrify the fence to keep animals and intruders out of our yard.
Yesterday we dug out four holes for the posts and used concrete to set the fence posts in place (keeping the fence away from the property line). This morning we installed the supporting rails and screwed in the individual fence pickets to the support rails. As of this moment, the left side of the backyard fence is almost done. Even thought the height blocks part of the mountain and we will miss seeing some of the beautiful sceneries, it’s just a small price to pay for peace of mind.
Four years ago as we put in the privacy fence slats, we dug up and disposed of the mature Oleanders growing along the chain link fence. I don’t think I will be planting anything on this side of the backyard since it’s too far back. I am growing trees (the pomegranate, Navajo Globe Willow, Bird of Paradise Bush, California Fan Palm, Mimosa tree, Mexican Bird of Paradise) and shrubs (Silvery Cassia, Texas Sage, Scotch Broom and Berkman’s Golden Arborvitae) almost at the end of the backyard as well as its left side.
Breath of fresh air …
With most of the fence up, I will begin implementing a few of my design ideas.