Old Fence, New Fence, Gray Fence, White Fence

8 May

You got my Seussical reference, right? Ok, then.

It’s Spring Pinterest Challenge time!  The game? Stop pinning and just do it! Aka, pick something from your Pinterest boards, do it, blog it, share it.  This project came about accidentally.  First, let me share some backstory.  We want/need to fence in our back yard.  But we can’t fence in our back yard because the entire back property line has utilities lines running underground, and while we love the trees and shrubs in the yard and are trying to work with them rather than rip them all out, the roots are causing their own problem.  So we had to get super-creative with our fencing solution(s). Enter a mix of traditional fencing, lattice privacy screens, well-placed shrubs, and planters.

This little gap is at the back-right corner of the property.  We love the shrubs to the right because they completely block the neighbors yard, and to the left is our back neighbor’s fence, so we just need something to stop a toddler from exploring the other side of this little gap. Oh, and it can’t be a “permanent fixture” because the utility company has to be able to maintain access, if needed.

The previous owners had this contraption in the middle of the yard (the fence to the right).  The posts were dug about 4 ft. down, and roots were wrapped around it, so it took about 3 hours to disassemble the thing.

Our plan was to toss it, but after seeing the wood, Hubby had a brilliant plan to turn it into a rustic planter.

The boards were 5 ft. long, and our gap was 10 ft., so it was meant to be! We were able to use all the wood except one board–how’s that for upcycling!

A little exterior paint, a whole ‘lotta dirt, and a carload of flowers later…

We did a mix of annuals and perennials to try to cut costs–this is a huge bed! (NOTE: It’s not a permanent fixture, but we’re sure not moving the thing!)  We did put slats about 12″ down, so the dirt only fills the top 10″.  And we finally get to the original Pin:

DIY Drip Irrigation

In the past, we haven’t been the best at watering, though I don’t think this will be a problem this year since Matty loves to use the hose to water the flowers.  But as added reassurance, I rounded up 5 plastic bottles. To make sure the bottles were well cleaned, I gave them a thorough rinsing, and stripped them with vinegar.  Then, I drilled holes throughout the bottom half of the bottles.

Before adding the dirt to the planter, I spaced them evenly, then they got buried with just the opening showing.  Voila!

The planter definitely does it’s job to keep to keep Matty in the yard. We were able to reuse a lot of the materials we already had, and we only had to spend money on dirt and flowers, which was in our plan anyway! It only took one day to disassemble, rebuild, and paint, then we filled and planted the next day.  Slightly back-breaking, but we love the end result!

It makes a huge difference in appeal when looking into the backyard.  I can’t wait for all the flowers to fill out!


Any creative fencing solutions?  Or should I say toddler containment solutions?

Of course, I’m linked up with the Pinterest Challenge crew. Check out these links to see hundreds of awesome Pinterest-inspired ideas!

Emily @ Sparkle Meets Pop

Katie @ Bower Power Blog

Sherry @ Young House Love

Renee @ Red Bird Blue

9 Responses to “Old Fence, New Fence, Gray Fence, White Fence”

  1. Tamsyn May 8, 2013 at 7:51 pm #

    This looks really gorgeous 🙂

    • Ashley Niehaus May 9, 2013 at 6:58 pm #


  2. Amelia May 9, 2013 at 4:11 pm #

    That is a fabulous example of thinking on your feet! Plus, it’s attractive and uses stuff you had on hand. I’m a fan. Nice job!

    • Ashley Niehaus May 9, 2013 at 6:59 pm #

      Thanks a lot! It’s already filling in nicely, so we’re happy.

  3. Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome May 11, 2013 at 8:18 am #

    Wow! looks great! Love the planter!

    • Ashley Niehaus May 11, 2013 at 1:23 pm #

      Thanks! Only one more gate to go and we’re finished with our fencing plans for the year.

  4. Fit 'n' Well Mommy (@FitNWellMommy) May 13, 2013 at 11:39 pm #

    I love the planter idea and the challenge sounds like a lot of fun! I am so guilty of pinning lots of stuff and only trying out a couple of ideas. I’ll have to do this the next couple of weeks!

    • Ashley Niehaus May 14, 2013 at 8:06 am #

      Thanks! It is fun to get something done and share it.


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