More homeowners are electing to grow vines on their fences. Long and stringy plants wrapping around a picket fence produce natural beauty. However, allowing vines to accumulate on a wooden fence may actually damage the panels.
Why Growing Vines on Fences Is Detrimental
With the beauty of vines come hidden dangers. Vines grow the way they do in order to absorb as much sunlight as possible. Woody vines, such as trumpets and wisterias, are especially destructive. Vines also collect moisture, which ends up soaking into the wood’s surface. This creates an environment that invites rot and fungus if the wood is untreated. Moisture also attracts other problems, such as algae and boring insects.
In addition, vine roots can also grow in the spaces between wooden panels. As the roots expands, they can force separation between panels or even push them out of the ground altogether. Continue Reading →