New Fences

10 Jul 2009
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Im installing a 6ft fence with trellis on top. I believe the correct way is to use fence posts that are the correct height to install the trellis. Howvever as the house backs onto a park would it be better to buy shorter posts and affix the trellis using wooden battens, so it will not support anyones weight thinking about the burglar perspective?
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whilst that seems a good idea if you have any sort of dense climber growing on it, like a clematis, a strong gust of wind would possibly blow it over. that said it might not so i guess you'd just have to take your chance.

If your leaving it without plants of any kind then your idea sounds like a good one.
If you use the posts long enough to support the trellis, the council might argue that the fence is too high. 2 metres max, normally.
Whereas using the shorter posts always leave you the options.

I wouldn't want to climb over trellis even if it was supported by the posts.
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Thanks for the replies. Im thinking a foot gravel board, 5 foot fence and a foot or two foot trellis. Maybe a foot trellis will be enough if Im going to grow a prickly Rose on it. Will two foot be too much? As long as the rose is manageable should be ok.

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