Posted by: adeliciousmoment | February 18, 2011

Is the grass greener?

It is hard to tell, around here, how green the grass is, since everyone has a huge fence around their garden. I can understand the desire for privacy, especially when one’s property is a little too close to one’s neighbor’s, which often seems to be the case here, in many neighborhoods. (Why homes are built so close together in a country with a shocking amount of unpopulated land is beyond me.) People like their fences in Australia, that’s what I’m noticing.

Our tiny patch of garden is surrounded by a fence made of metal, definitely the least attractive fence on the street. The style of fence both Glen and I think is ideal, for aesthetic reasons as well as durability, is the brush type of fence, pictured above. Made of local dried grasses, this fence blends seamlessly into the landscape. I love its organic texture and curvaceous edging.

In the United States, many people do not bother with fencing around their yards and gardens. In some places, fences are seen as unfriendly. They come across as being barricades, a way to say “Keep off my land”, or so one may imagine. On the other hand, in some American suburbs, I’ve seen fences built just as high as the ones here. Gone are the days of leaning on the fence and having a leisurely chat with your next-door neighbor.

I’m wondering, is that such a bad idea? When we find ourselves constantly barraged by traffic, noise, and the daily stresses of modern life, perhaps having a private oasis, however small it may be, to retreat to at the end of the day, becomes quite an enticing goal.

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Responses

  1. They are called brush fences, as they are similar to the materials they once used to make brooms.

    It’s interesting to note that as decades have gone by, the fences have become higher. In our back yard, the original fence was around 4 feet high – it was replaced by a fence closer to 7 feet high at some point. Wanting complete isolation has been a relatively new thing.. but yes, why not? It’s good to have somewhere to retreat to.


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