Tired Of Your Lawn Being The Neighborhood Sidewalk? What Are Your Fencing Options?

Posted on: 28 December 2016

If you own a corner lot and find that your lawn seems to get more foot traffic than the nearby sidewalk, you may be wondering whether anything short of an old fashioned "get off my lawn!" bellow each time you catch an offender will have a lasting effect. Fortunately, even if you don't like the look or idea of a solid fence that will totally block off your lawn from passersby, you should be able to achieve the same level of crowd control much less obtrusively. Read on to learn more about the fencing and landscaping options that will encourage your neighbors to stick to the sidewalk.

Ornamental wrought iron fence

Many homeowners who live on corner lots are reluctant to install solid fences for fear that doing so will ruin their view or even the ambiance of the neighborhood as enjoyed from a front porch or deck. Others may be restricted in the types or sizes of fences they're permitted to construct due to local zoning or traffic regulations. 

Ornamental wrought iron fences can resolve many of these concerns. These fences are ideal for corner lots, as their open construction allows for plenty of air flow and poses no risk of obstructing the view of traffic, but can be quite effective in preventing passersby from cutting along the edge of your lawn. Many of these fences come with hinged gates that can even be locked from the inside, allowing you to be more restrictive in who can visit your home (and when they may do so). And because these fences aren't designed to support a lot of weight (like livestock fences or stockade-style residential fences), they can be installed quickly and inexpensively without requiring much excavation or surface work.

Large landscaping boulders

For those who don't want (or can't have) a fence at all, another way to subtly discourage foot traffic through your lawn is the strategic placement of landscaping boulders or rock formations at high-traffic areas. Many big box retailer stores do this already – placing concrete posts or decorative balls at the front of the store to prevent vehicles from inadvertently (or purposely) driving through the double glass doors. 

These boulders can often be seamlessly incorporated into the rest of your landscaping to demarcate your property line or even serve as backdrops for seasonal décor. (For example, placing pumpkins atop these boulders during October or using them as the base for a family of snowmen after the holiday season can be a great way to keep your lawn pristine while still putting forth a friendly vibe to the rest of the community.) Some homeowners opt to paint their street address on one conspicuous boulder, while others may leave them bare for a minimalist look. 


In some cases, the problem may not be with people cutting across your lawn, but rather, pets – especially dogs that aren't well-trained not to eliminate on their neighbors' yards. If you'd like to cut down on the amount of pet urine and feces you encounter, installing a low but solid wall should be able to deter all but the most determined (and unleashed) canines in your neighborhood.

With the advent of composite building and decking materials, your wall-building options are nearly endless – from a composite wood or fiber wall that has the appearance of solid stone to a wood-look stockade fence that's only about half the height of a typical fence. You can also go with genuine materials, from granite or slate rocks to bricks, cinder blocks, or paving stones, all sealed with mortar to form an impenetrable wall that's been built to last.

For more information, contact a business such as F & W Fence Company, Inc.