I've been gardening and writing about gardening for more than 20 years, yet I find I'm always learning new things about the plants, insects and other critters that call my backyard home. That's the great thing about gardening — it's never boring! I've worked as a landscaper, on an organic farm, as a research technician in a plant pathology lab and ran a small cut-flower business, all of which inform my garden writing. A few years ago my husband and I purchased a beautiful old Victorian house and opened a pet-friendly B&B; I've spent the last few summers renovating garden beds and adding new ones. My husband once asked me when I'll be finished, to which I replied, "Never!" For me, gardening is a process, not a goal.
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After reading reviews of how our customers are using our Border Fence, we were inspired to share some of them with you. We're thrilled that our customers are finding the fence as decorative and useful as we do. Here are a few of the comments we've received:
"I use this fence to keep ducks, geese, and turtles out of plant beds adjacent to a pond." — Ted, Lynn, MA
"I bought the 26" Border Fence and it keeps the dogs from trampling the flowers (although nothing stops the elk)." — Cindy, Evergreen, CO
"I needed a short fence around our garden birdfeeder to keep our small dog out. He eats the spilled birdseed, which is mixed with bird waste and it makes him sick." — "SteveD23," Los Altos, CA
"Just took [the fences] down after using them in our raised beds all summer. Kept our chickens out." — "bean," Reno, NV
"If one needs a tall fence around their flower garden to keep their little jumping dog out, I can't imagine a prettier one. The decorative top edge makes it seem decorative rather than utilitarian. The birds love sitting on it too. ;-)" — "Woodlily," CT
You'll find dozens of uses for these border fences — as decorative garden edging, to support floppy flowers, to give vines a place to climb, to keep pets out of gardens. Made from dark green, PVC-coated, 1/16" wire that's easy to bend, easy to cut.
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