When installing a fence there are many things you need to consider. If you live somewhere more rural or have a lot of trees in your yard, this could cause a problem when it comes time to install a fence. Whether it’s the whole tree or just the branches, here are some options for what to do about trees in the fence line.
There are a few ways you can build your fence around any trees on the fence line. One option is to encase the tree in your yard. You can either curve your fence around it or box out an area for the tree. This turns the tree into a focal point of your yard, while also allowing it room to grow. However, you can also box the tree out, leaving it on the exterior of your yard.
One of the first things you’ll want to consider is how close the tree is to your property line. If you live somewhere more rural and don’t have neighbors, this can be less of a problem. However, if you live somewhere more suburban or urban, don’t forget about those property lines! If your fence crosses over your property line and into your neighbor’s yard, you’ll have more problems to consider than just what to do about your trees.
Leave a Gap
If you would rather your fence stay in a straight line, you may want to consider leaving a gap for the tree. Instead of going around the tree, you can sandwich it between the fence’s ends. If this is the route you decide to go, make sure you are leaving enough space on either side of the tree for it to continue to grow. You also want to make sure that the fence is not touching the tree because that contact could damage the tree, your fence, or both. This is usually a better option if your tree has already reached full maturity and isn’t growing as quickly.
Trim the Tree
If it isn’t the trunk of the tree that is in the way, but rather the branches, there are no special design considerations to be made. All you need to do is have your tree trimmed. Whenever you have a tree near a fence this is a good idea anyway. Low hanging branches have the potential to damage your fence, especially if you live in an area that is prone to bad storms that could cause them to break and fall.
If your tree is young and small enough, you may just want to consider relocating it. By relocating your tree, you don’t have to worry about changing the design of your fence or any of the other hazards that come with having a tree too close to it. As trees grow and mature, their roots and branches will continue to grow outwards. Both of these things could damage your fence or even the tree itself.
If you’re considering installing a fence, you can request a free quote from Clarksville Fencing today! Our consultants can help you decide the best course of action if you have trees in your fence line.