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Reed Fencing Covers Ugly Chain Link

Front Fence Covered With Reed Fencing

I’ve been trying to find something affordable to cover the ugly chain link fence along the south side of my yard for over four years now.

So, I was pleasantly surprised to find 6′ x 15′ rolls of reed fencing for $22 each at Lowes. I didn’t know such a thing existed!

I picked up five rolls and started covering the fence the VERY SAME DAY.

The front yard after picture is above. I don’t have any before pictures because I hated the fence so much I never took pictures of the flower beds.

The back yard ‘in progress’ picture is below – you can see the weeds growing from the neighbor’s side of the fence.  As you can see, I still need to do some trimming but it already looks 100 percent better.

Anyone can do this little project in a couple hours. All you need are the rolls of the reed fencing and some black zip ties.

Back Fence While Adding Reed Fencing

Back Yard Fence After Reed Fencing

Update 4/29/2012: Our fencing lasted almost 3 years in our wet Seattle weather. I just ordered some bamboo fencing (at $60 for a 4′ h x 8′ w roll) to replace the reed fencing — in hopes that it’ll last a little longer. This option is a little more expensive.

10 Comments Post a comment
  1. Jenn's Cooking Garden! #

    It looks very nice! Makes me want to cover the chain link fence between me and the neighbor! He has an ugly backyard. It looks so natural. Thanks for sharing your idea
    jenn (4bratz2luv)


    August 12, 2009
  2. bullie_mama #

    But now you can't see Snickers. Looks fabulous!


    August 14, 2009
  3. Hosta Nerd #

    Wow! Looks great, plus look at all those great looking hostas!


    August 15, 2009
  4. Angela #

    Jenn, You should totally do it! I love how much the flowers/plants stand out now. It also covers up the neighbor's yard a bit but I can still chat with them over the fence.

    Sara, Snickers (neighbor's dog) can still see through the reed enough to bark at strangers – that and I can talk to her over the fence still.

    Jen, Thanks! You should see the hostas in my front yard! I may need your help to ID them all later. I don't think I have names for any of them.


    August 17, 2009
  5. Patti #

    Thanks for this great idea! I have been looking to do something similar and am now inspired!


    June 20, 2011
  6. Rachel #

    Nice! I’m doing the same thing with a 6ft chainlink my back neighbor has a field that has overgrown about half the fence! I’m excited and glad u said it was easy…I hoped it would be!


    May 2, 2012
  7. Erin & Shawn #

    Hi There….we are seriously considering doing the same to our 5 ft. chain link due to neighbor issues two doors down. One issue is that our yard is on an incline. Not a huge hill, but inclines slightly as you walk through the yard. Do you think that will be a problem? Will the fencing look off? BTW…thanks for this thread. It has been helpful in our decision making. Shawn & Erin in PA.


    May 15, 2012
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