The need for fencing can be as various as the plants you use in your garden. Some need to contain animals or children, others want more privacy or to hide trashcans or HVAC units or generators, others want them for decorative purposes. Fencing comes in a variety of colors, materials, and heights. Before you install a fence, check your neighborhood HOA rules regarding fencing. Municipal codes involve permits to certain heights and may have restrictions to follow. Deciding on the materials to use will be the next step. Wood fences can last upward of 5-20 years depending on the type of wood (cedar vs. pine) and is relatively inexpensive compared to masonry or vinyl fencing. Wood fences usually need some maintenance over time. Vinyl fencing, however, may need an occasional cleaning but can last a lifetime if using quality materials. Brick is another option if you like a traditional look and is very sturdy and requires little maintenance long term and lasts longer than wood. There’s always the “green option” and that’s growing a screen of trees or shrubbery to give seclusion and privacy while adding a touch of nature. Planting a row of Arborvitae, an evergreen tree or a hedge of holly’s or cherry laurels can make your space lush and can often be the most enjoyable.