When you've spent a lot of money, or time, erecting a wooden fence in your yard, you may be bothered by the smallest details that interfere with the look you want. If you had to install a metal post near the gate, it may interrupt the uniform wood look of the fence. A little creativity allows you to conceal that post using wood, paint or plants.
Things You'll Need
- Metal post bracket
- Spray paint primer
- Spray paint
- Plastic cover
- Climbing plants
Create a wood enclosure for the metal post by wrapping a metal bracket around the post, and then secure two-by-fours in a square around the post using a drill and screws.
Paint the posts the color of the fence. Spray on a coat of spray primer; then spray the posts the desired color. If you go this route, cover the wood portions of the fence with plastic, paper or a drop cloth while you're spraying the posts, so you don't get paint on the wood.
Plant a vine or other plant that will grow in front of the fence post or climb around it. If you don't mind the rest of your fence being used as a trellis, plant a clinging-type vine such as Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia), hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 3 through 10, or Boston ivy (Parthenocissus tricuspidata), hardy in USDA zones 4 through 8. Both will cling to nearly any surface -- including your metal posts and the wood portions of your gate -- so you may have to do some training and pruning to get it to grow where you want. Another option is to place a planter or urn in front of the post with an upright, spiky plant such as Mother-in-law's tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata), hardy from USDA hardiness zones 10 to 12, or arborvitae (Platycladus orientalis), hardy from USDA zones 6 to 10.
Tips & Warnings
- If you use ivy or other plants with invasive potential, keep an eye on them to make sure they don't spread to areas where you don't want them.
- YouTube: Wrapping Steel Posts with Wood when Building Steel Fence
- University of Florida IFAS Extension: Parthenocissus Quinquefolia
- Missouri Botanical Garden: Parthenocissus Tricuspidata
- Missouri Botanical Garden: Sansevieria Trifasciata
- University of Florida IFAS Extension: Platycladus Orientalis: Arborvitae
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