There are plenty of good reasons to have a cyclone fence put up around your property: they're sturdy, they're inexpensive and they're easy to build. If you live somewhere prone to cyclones and hurricanes, they're practically a must; few other fence types can withstand such weather, especially the ones you're likely to find in a domestic setting. The one major complaint people have about them is that they're not particularly attractive. That needn't stop you, though--read on to learn more about how to make sure your cyclone fence is a fetching addition to your garden all year round.
SPRING: a bit of sprucing up
Fences require a little upkeep, and spring is the perfect time of year to do it. While you're outdoors enjoying the blossoms of all your rejuvenating plants, give your cyclone fence some TLC to get it ready for the year ahead: wipe clean the solar panels for any sun-powered lighting you're using on it, trim back all the plants and foliage nearby, and have a really close look at the chain links to make sure they're all in good working order and nothing needs to be repaired. If you do spot an issue, this is the perfect time of year to get a local contractor to come and have a look for you.
SUMMER: flowers, flowers everywhere
Summer is when gardens really come into their own, so why should your fence be any different? One of the major benefits of chain-link fencing is that it acts like a trellis all by itself--making it the perfect spot for numerous climbing plants and trailing flowers. Encouraging such vines to trail themselves up and down your fence can transform something you first thought was ugly into a thing of genuine beauty. Roses are a great choice, but even humble bindweed gives elegant bell-like flowers that can make a huge difference. Whatever your preference, go for something that stays in bloom all summer long for maximum impact.
AUTUMN: crunchy falling leaves
Once the blossoms die down, foliage really comes into its own. Virginia Creeper is a great choice for growing along a fence, as its leaves turn the most incredible shades of auburn and gold at this time of year. You'll never enjoy autumn more than you do when there's a Virginia Creeper growing in your garden--and they're pretty low-maintenance plants, too. They can be thirsty, however, so if you'd like a climber that needs a little less to drink why not look into ivy? It's gorgeous, its evergreen and a fence is the perfect place to put it; ivy can damage a wall as it grows, but your cyclone fence will be unharmed!
WINTER: a starfield of your own
You might not be out in your garden so much in the winter months, but it's still lovely to be able to look out at it. The fence will likely look a little bare at this time of year, so why not cover it in fairy lights? The solar-powered kind will still light up every evening in the winter if you're careful to put the charging panels somewhere that picks up some morning light, even if the weather itself is pretty chilly. If you have vines growing along your fence, of course, you can simply tangle the lights in with them--that way they'll stay looking great all year long. This is another cute idea that takes advantage of the nature of cyclone fencing, and will really made a huge difference to the look and feel of your whole garden.