Does your company use chain link fencing to secure the premises? Do you want to make that chain link fence look a little more inviting for your customers? Here, you will learn how to beautify your commercial chain link fencing using plants.
Plan Before you Plant
Before you run out and buy a bunch of seeds, spend some time doing a little research about different type of "fence-eating" vines. Your research should include:
- Learning your climate zone – If you are unsure of the climate zone where you live, take a moment to check the plant hardiness zoning chart. This chart will show you the temperature variations throughout the changing seasons and provide you with the climate zone number you can use to select the appropriate plants.
- Finding a horticulturalist – A horticulturalist is a plant expert that can help you choose the perfect vines to disguise your fence. This will take much of the guess-work out of finding the right plants to use.
- Having the topsoil tested – If the topsoil around the fencing is not balanced, the vines that you plant will not do well. Sure, they may grow, but they will not be as full and vibrant as they would be if you were to take a sample of the soil to your local garden center to be tested. Once tested, talk with your horticulturalist about what needs to be done to improve the topsoil.
Choosing the Vines
There are many types of vines for you to choose from, but which should you choose? Below, you will find a few suggestions that will cover your fence quickly and provide beautiful color to border your business.
Kennedia – This vine will climb the fencing and produce several colors of blooms from September to January in very warm climates, like California. The colors produced by the Kennedia include red, green, yellow, purple and pink.
Jasmine – There are several types of jasmine for you to choose from. Not only does jasmine produce beautiful blossoms in April – it also fills the air with a beautiful fragrance. Talk with your horticulturalist about what types of jasmine will do well in your climate zone.
Clematis – This vine does best in areas that are shaded during the day. The beautiful white blossoms appear between August and March. This is another warm climate plant.
Evergreens – There are many types of evergreen plants to choose from. Many of these plants do well in most climate zones and provide you with optimum coverage throughout all of the seasons. Again, talk with a horticulturalist to learn what evergreen plants will do best in your climate zone.
It may seem a little overwhelming to start, but once you have these plants growing and covering your fence, you will see that the chain link fence looks less like a prison enclosure and more inviting for anyone passing by.