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Living Fences

Living fences are an attractive, long-lived, and low-maintenance alternative to traditional fences. They can form a physical or visual barrier, give shade, and act as a wind block. They also provide habitat for birds and other wildlife.

Choose shrubs, trees, or climbing plants, such as climbing roses, a hedge of viburnums, or a row of crapemyrtles. Make sure you check the potential size of plants so that you know they’ll fit in your space.

Depending on the plant, pruning may necessary to contain your living fence and keep the shape you want.

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