How to Hide a Neighbor's Ugly Fence

Kristi Roddey

Few things are as frustrating as spending time and money on a beautifully landscaped lawn, only to have a neighbor put up an unsightly fence and ruin all your hard work. Although you cannot force the neighbor to tear down the fence, you can hide the fence without detracting from the natural beauty of the area. Wax myrtle plants form a dense border, providing food and shelter to area wildlife while shielding the eyesore from view.

Hide an unsightly fence with a row of wax myrtles.
  1. Weed the area to remove any grass, weeds or other plants.

  2. Dig holes 5 to 10 feet in front of the fence every 10 feet along the fence. The holes should be large enough to hold the wax myrtle root ball with several inches on all sides to allow the roots to spread as they grow.

  3. Place one wax myrtle plant in each hole, and fill each hole with soil, taking special care not to cover the trunk.

  4. Water the plants regularly to maintain damp soil. The soil should be moist to a soil depth of 6 inches.

  5. Prune the plants as needed to encourage dense foliage.