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Wednesday, December 15, 2010 • Posted December 15, 2010


We mend them.

We climb over them.

We put them up.

Or tear them down.

Trusty Webster says:

"Fences originally were for protection; defense…

A barrier…used as a boundary or means of protection or confinement."

Fences make good neighbors.

So the saying goes.


Maybe not.

All depends on the fence.

How high.

Or low.

Rock or wire.

Chain link or metal.

Cedar pole (aka coyote fence).

Or wood privacy.

And if it’s wood privacy…

Smooth parts go on the outside.

2x4s on the inside.

Or is it vice versa?

Because both appear throughout town.

A solid fence keeps kids in.

And stray dogs out.

Or dogs in.

And people out.

A privacy fence provides just that…privacy.

It also blocks the view from within.

And without.

A professor of mine once said:

"Putting up walls can be tricky.

You might keep certain things out.

But you also wall yourself in."

Literally and figuratively.

Natural fences can be appealing.

They do much the same job.

But they also attract birds, bees, and wildlife.

A row of trees forms a windbreak.

A tangle of vines blocks the afternoon sun.

Bamboo creates an impenetrable barrier.

Cactus deters.

As do a slew of roses (with thorns).

Hedges do wonders.

Thick bushes, too.

Such as bee brush.

To fence or not to fence,

That is the question.

Mason Garden Market can help decide.

That’s Mason.

Renee Walker is an author, poet, and real estate broker on the square.

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