Do’s and Don’ts of Fence-Friendly Vines

Do’s and Don’ts of Fence-Friendly Vines

A vine-covered fence gives a romantic, English-cottage look to a landscape. However, those attractive climbing vines may harm your fence. If you like the look a living fence, there are plants to avoid and plants that can be used on fencing without risk of damage. A professional Houston fence company can suggest do’s and don’ts for growing vines on wooden, vinyl and aluminum fencing.

Vines on Wooden Fences

Climbing vines cling to surfaces and grow upward in search of sunlight. When vines cling to wood, they trap moisture. Over time, moisture causes rot, which creates an environment for mold, fungus and insects to thrive. There are several vines to steer clear of and others that do well on wood.

Woody vines, such as wisteria, English ivy and hydrangea, should be avoided. Woody vines establish thick roots that wedge between slats and can damage your Houston fence. The weight of these vines can cause warping or pull the fence down. If you love these climbing vines, plant them on trellises far away from wooden fences.

Invasive species may be as bad for the environment as they are for your fence. Plants to avoid include chocolate vine, winter creeper and oriental bittersweet. Many invasive species form thick roots that choke out other plants and take over. They spread rapidly from fences to trees and buildings. They also trap moisture that causes damage.

Fence-friendly plants that can be used on a wooden fence in The Woodlands TX, and nearby communities include annuals with tendrils that wrap around posts or slats but don’t cling to the surface or retain moisture. A few favorites include morning glory, sweet pea and moonflower. These plants don’t form the thick roots that woody plants do. They can be planted each season and trimmed to a size that complements the fence.

Vines for Vinyl Fences

Vinyl fences are easier to care for than wood. Perennials, such as clematis or native honeysuckle, create a thicker mass of vines than annuals. Many perennials attract hummingbirds, butterflies and beneficial garden insects. However, woody perennials must be pruned seasonally. They also trap moisture, which can attract undesirable insects or foster mold growth.

Vines for Aluminum Fences

Aluminum can withstand the weight and moisture that wood and vinyl cannot, so there are more options for planting vines on aluminum fences. If a Houston fence company is building a new fence and you prefer a material that can support thick vine coverage, aluminum may be the way to go. Even so, shy away from invasive species that may end up in a neighbor’s yard or take over a nearby green area.

For more information about caring for an existing fence, installing a new fence or using your fence to support attractive vines, call your Houston fence company, Summit Fence North at 281-895-9500. We have experience in all communities in the Houston area.