Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

JAN 2016

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January 2016 37 Pretty Privacy Fence As part of a project in Orange, Calif., that included removing the existing pool and fence, installing a composite deck and outdoor living area with a solid roof patio structure, fireplace and buffet service coun- ter, Bryon Meyer of Land Mechanics built this residential fence out of 2" x 4" cedar boards with 4"x 4" posts and 2" x 6" caps. The posts were all set in concrete footings. Six-feet-tall for part of the run, the height was increased to eight feet to provide more privacy for the spa. A semi-transparent stain was applied to all the wood. The custom planter boxes are made of recycled plastic decking on the outside and lined with pressure-treated lumber. Filter fabric at the bottom of each planter keeps the soil in but lets water drain out. A Rain Bird six-outlet drip irrigation system was installed with adjustable stream-spray bub - blers set in each box. For the drainage chan - nel beneath the planters, filter fabric was topped with Mexican pebbles. One box was planted with herbs and the rest with a vari- ety of ferns, ivy, impatiens and other plants that do well in shade. The entire project transpired over the course of five months as the owner made many changes on the fly. Meyer estimates that the fence took his four-man crew, a to - tal of 30 to 40 hours to complete.

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