A chain link fence around your backyard can protect your children, pets, and garden plants from outside intruders. Keeping your chain link fence clean and free of weed growth, and updating it to provide privacy to your yard can help boost your fence's value and usefulness. Here are three ways that can help you accomplish this.
As your chain link fence ages, it can become stained and develop rust, especially as any galvanization wears off after being in the elements for decades. It can become necessary to clean and remove rust from the fence, so you can pant it to protect it from further oxidation. To remove rust, dirt, and other debris, including mold or mildew, you can use a pressure washer to clean each of the links. Cleaning the fence links by hand with a scrub brush or a rag can take quite a long time, but using the pressure from a pressure washer can remove any rust, dirt and discoloration.
You can rent or buy a power washer to clean your chain link fence. You will need to attach and use the appropriate nozzle tip to direct the water spray into a pattern that will spray off dirt and rust. All nozzle tips are universal and will work on most any pressure washer. The red-colored zero-degree nozzle sprays water in a most concentrated stream of water and is good for removing stains from metal. You can also use the yellow-colored 15 degree nozzle, which sprays with slightly less force to remove paint, mold, and dirt from your fence.
Maintain a Weed-Free Appearance
When your chain link fence sits upon soil or lawn, it can be common for weeds and long grasses to grow up through the links, and it is difficult to cut them from the fence with a lawn mower or weed eater. Treat the soil below the fence with a weed and grass killer, such as Roundup or other similar herbicide. If you don't want to use this type of harsh chemical in your yard, you can pour a line of white vinegar onto the soil beneath the fence. Both of these options will prevent weeds and grasses from growing and keep your fence free of their entanglements.
Installing concrete curbing along the base of your chain link fence also makes your fence look uniform and prevents vegetation growth between the links. You can hire this to be professionally installed, or do the work yourself. Dig a trench a few inches deep beneath the fence to extend two to three inches on either side of the links. Then, mix up some bagged concrete in your wheel barrow and fill the trench with the concrete. Use a trowel to smooth the surface of the concrete and make it level with the surrounding soil.
One of the great options that come with having a chain link fence around your yard is you can install slats through the links to provide privacy to the yard. There are slats available in a variety of different colors and materials that you can purchase from your fence supply retailer. You can even install slats that look like shrubbery to give your yard the appearance of being surrounded by a hedge.
If you don't want to install chain link slats, you can use the chain link fence as a trellis to grow vine plants upon it. As the vine plants grow, they will cover and beautify your fence while providing privacy from anyone outside the fence. Some good types of climbing plants includes honeysuckle, clematis, trumpet vine, Virginia creeper, several varieties of ivy, and grape vines, which will provide grapes in the late summer and into fall. The morning glory plant Ipomoea tricolor, which is called Heavenly Blue, is a beautiful vine with bright blue flowers and is not the variety of morning glory that may grow in your soil as an obnoxious weed.
Use these tips to help you keep your chain link fence well-maintained and boost your backyard's privacy.