Utility meters are uninvited guests in a garden.
Many times, these metal monstrosities are installed in front yards in prime locations, creating an eyesore and design challenge for the homeowner.
I came across a fast and inexpensive solution for screening an ugly view such as the above in front of a hotel inÂ Pismo Beach, California.
Constructed with lodgepoles and heavy duty galvanized wire, the humble system serves as an impromptu support for a “living screen” vine.
The beauty of this “instant screen” is that it doesn’t require any construction Â and can be put up in 5 minutes!
Lodgepoles are spaced 4-feet apart and eyebolts are inserted to hold the wire taut.
Pressure treated wood lodgepoles are available at your local nursery or landscape center and come in lengths ranging from 5 feet to 12 feet tall. They only cost Â a few dollars each making them an affordable alternative to lumber.
My advice is to use tall poles and bury them a few feet deep for more sure support. The poles in the photo have a finished height of 6 feet.
Vines can be planted at the foot of each post or centered in between them. Regular trimming assures that the vine doesn’t outgrow and burden the fence with heavy growth.
The colorful blooms and glossy foliage of the evergreen trumpet vine assures a beautiful screen, year-round.
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