Fences make good neighbors
It was a sort of fence at one time, a hodgepodge of wood and wire that divided 'in here' from 'out there'.
I am guessing the crows found it useful, a nice spot to perch while enjoying fruits from the plum and cherry trees in adjoining yard.
Now, years later it is abundantly clear that the crows' recycled cherry pits found welcome ground. Vigorous young cherry saplings sprouted up all along the fence line.
In summer the leafed out branches take the shape of an airy green hedge. From 'in here' it is a lovely screen that completely blocks neighbors from view. What a gift, a free fence.
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They say not to look a gift horse in the mouth. But the free Cherry hedge called to me as I admired its graceful form, and I couldn't help tweaking it a bit (pruning) to accentuate the weeping branches. I was careful to cut it low enough for neighbors across the street to see over the top, and out to the beach just beyond our yards.
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Years went by.
I basked in the refuge of the cherry hedge, which in spring transformed itself into a frilly white 'sky garden'.
Then, slowly and persistently things began happening with the fence.
One summer the neighbors did 'repairs'. "Does this mean they own it?" I asked myself.
Another summer I arrived home to find the neighbor's hired grass-cutter loping off big branches from their side of the fence. Apparently the branches were getting in the way of his fancy new ride-on mower. (I had not been consulted).
Since then the fence has slipped further into disrepair. A sewer installation knocked down a whole section at the front. The cherry trees shifted whole sections at the back. It's a mess.
I have this vision of a nice tidy renovated fence that is pleasing to the eye from 'out there' and protects the cherry hedge to preserve the screen from 'in here'.
I dwell on this now, night and day.
How can this be accomplished in a timely, neighborly manner?
I am worried the neighbors will show up unannounced and 'fix' the fence without consulting me. I am also hesitant to 'trespass' onto their side (even though it is just an empty green space along their driveway) to do repairs.
We have no contact (they live half way across the country), but I've asked my landlady if I could go ahead and do repairs, and she has no problem with that.
A friend suggested planting a flowering vine along the fence to hide it, which is a nice idea, but won't save the cherry hedge if the grass-cutter gets trigger happy in the Spring, which is literally moments away.
To be continued...
September 23 2013
Summer came and went, and the fence remains unchanged. It's now on my list of projects for next summer...
Thank you very much mckbirdbks for the 'fence' illustration!