A vine-covered fence is beautiful and adds charm to almost any landscape; however, there are a number of disadvantages to "greening" your fence with live plants. The good news is there is a great alternative for homeowners who wish to have the look of a planted fence yet avoid the hassles associated with live plants. Artificial plant panels, sometimes known as ficus panels, are an alternative worth exploring for many reasons. Below are several advantages that artificial plant panels have over live plants and how you can easily install them in your fence:
Immediate results - One of the biggest advantages offered by using artificial plant panels to cover fences is the instant gratification they offer to homeowners. You no longer need to worry about waiting for seedlings to establish themselves and grow, a process which can take several seasons depending upon the plant species. Instead, after the installation, you have an immediate, lush covering for your fence and can display it for the world to see without the long wait.
Easily-changed or removed - With live plants, removal can involve extensive, messy digging and cutting of roots and stems, all of which must happen before restarting the long process of planting and regrowing. However, for artificial plants, changes can be made quickly whenever the homeowner desires. If a particular look begins to age in the eyes of the homeowner, or they merely want a change, then removing and replacing artificial plant panels is a fast, simple process.
No watering, feeding or pruning - While some plants are easier than others in terms of care, almost all will require at least some degree of attention on the part of homeowners. Besides the usual regular watering, there will be a need to feed and prune plants to keep them at their best. Fast-growing plants will need frequent cutting to keep them at a manageable length and size. For artificial plant panels, all you need to do is simply choose the look of the plant you wish up-front and spray them with a UV-resistant coating once every couple of years to prevent fading.
Disease and pest-free - Another advantage offered by artificial plant panels is their completely disease and pest-free nature. Live plants are vulnerable to a variety of conditions that can stunt growth or kill them altogether. In addition, insect pests and even animals such as deer can devour a live plant covering on your fence within hours or days. Preventing disease and pest-related destruction involves the use of chemical repellants and insecticides; these chemicals can be harmful to the environment as well as to home occupants or pets. Artificial plants, on the other hand, are not subject to these threats and are able to resist all kinds of potential-predators.
Non-destructive - Live plants may look at-home on your fence, but the reality is they can virtually consume and destroy the fence over time. The roots, tendrils and stems can find their way into tiny cracks and crevices in the fence, and they will split apart the wood as they grow. In addition, the moisture output of some plants is high enough to promote rotting by keeping the underlying wood consistently damp. Artificial plant panels dry quickly after rain showers, and their installation is minimally-invasive to the fence itself.
Easy installation - Installation of artificial plant panels is a simple process that homeowners can perform themselves. To install them, the homeowner simply drills a series of small holes in the fence to serve as anchor points for the panel. Next, cable ties are wrapped around the hidden mesh that lies behind the foliage and inserted through the holes in the fence. The ties are then fastened and tightened on the back side of the fence; this guarantees a practically-invisible attachment, and it will also provide a strong, secure mount that is resistant to wind and inclement weather.
For more information about plant panels, contact a local supplier like Green Smart Decor.