Got an unsightly old fence detracting from the beauty of your yard?
Don’t worry; you’re not alone. There are many of us in the same boat.
You spend day and night gazing at that lackluster barrier, wondering how to turn it into a feature. After reading this guide, you’ll know exactly what to do.
The answer lies in fauxliege, and we’ll show you how to install artificial hedges on a fence made from any material.
Are you ready to bid farewell to the drab and hello to the fab?
Let’s get started.
What Are Artificial Hedges and Why Do You Need Them?
Artificial hedges are a lifelike imitation of natural hedges. They’re an ingenious solution for infusing some greenery into a space without needing to read a tome on hedge maintenance.
Faux hedges contain various high-quality synthetic materials designed and crafted to mimic the appearance of real plants. They capture all the detailing and veining of real leaves and imitate the intricacies of the branches.
Sounds great, but what’s in it for you?
Well, installing artificial hedges will bring nature closer to you without many maintenance demands. So, you won’t have to worry about watering, pruning, or seasonal changes. Faux hedges stay lush and vibrant year-round and will provide you with a consistent visual delight.
When you install artificial hedges on your fence, you simultaneously increase your privacy and beautify your space. Since the hedges come in many shapes and sizes, you can customize them to suit your needs.
Plus, who wants to deal with unruly and overgrown live hedges when faux ones can maintain their shape for the long term?
How to Install Artificial Hedge Panels?
Before you order your artificial hedge panels, you need to get some things in order.
First, measure the surface you wish to cover. Then, calculate how many faux hedge panels you’ll need for full coverage. Designer Plants' artificial hedges come in different sizes, but you can cut and connect them as needed. If your area is smaller than our panels, trim the excess to get the desired size.
Next, order the correct number of fake hedges and gather your tools. The tools and equipment you’ll need depend on the surface you’re covering.
- For wood or drywall, you’ll need a hammer, nails, and staples.
- For brick or cement, you’ll need a hammer, nails, and a drill.
- For fences or meshes, you’ll need cable or zip ties.
To begin, unpack your hedge panels. Then, turn them around to examine the grid-like structure on the back and find the lugs that will connect to the plugs on the back of another panel. Each panel has arrows on the back that need to face a certain way. These will be indicated.
How to Install Artificial Hedges Onto a Wooden Fence
Let’s start by looking at the step-by-step process of installing artificial hedges on a timber fence.
Step 1: Hold the panel against the fence and mind the arrows.
Step 2: Move the leaves back to reveal the grid.
Step 3: Grab your handy staple gun.
Step 4: Get the staple through the grid and through the fence.
Step 5: Staple it in another nearby place to secure it.
Step 6: Add more staples throughout the panel.
Step 7: Attach another panel using the lugs and plugs on the sides.
Step 8: Staple the new panels like you did the first one.
Step 9: Cut any excess off with scissors. Make sure it’s a straight cut!
If you need visual help, follow Georgina’s explanations in this how-to video.
How to Install Artificial Hegdes Onto a Cyclone Fence
Installing artificial hedges to a cyclone fence is even easier than timber. Here’s how you do it:
Step 1: Hold the panel up against the cyclone fence.
Step 2: Use one cable tie to push through the grid on the back of the hedge.
Step 3: Make sure the cable ties go around the metal on the fence.
Step 4: Pull the cable tie tight.
Step 5: Repeat the process on the other side and along the rest of the panel.
Step 6: Connect the other hedge panels to the first using the lugs and plugs.
Step 7: Pull and cut the leftover cable ties on the back of the panels.
Should you encounter any problems, refer to Georgina’s helpful guide.
How to Install Artificial Hedges Onto a Metal/Colorbond Fence
If you’re dealing with a solid metal or colorbond fence, you might be more intimidated to do this yourself. But you shouldn’t be - the steps are as easy as pie:
Step 1: Attach timber beams vertically to the metal fence, spaced at about 15 inches.
Step 2: Add horizontal beams across the top and bottom and attach them.
Step 3: Position the artificial hedge panel onto the beams.
Step 4: Drill holes at equal spacing in the beams - about 12 screws per 40”.
Step 5: Hang the panels onto the screws.
Step 6: Attach additional hedge panels using the clips and secure them.
You can also attach your faux hedge walls directly onto a metal fence by using metal screws and washers and following the same steps. However, make sure the screws don’t poke through your neighbor’s property. If this is an issue, we recommend using timber beams.
How to Install Artificial Hedges Onto a Concrete Wall
Last but not least, let’s go over the steps you need to install artificial hedges on a concrete, masonry, or brick wall or fence. Since you’ll be drilling and using electric tools, we recommend using safety glasses, ear muffs, and gloves.
So, here’s how you do it:
Step 1: Put your faux hedge panel on the surface where you want to attach it.
Step 2: Level it out and mark where you need to drill.
Step 3: Repeat the process on the other corner.
Step 4: Drill into the wall on the marked holes.
Step 5: Place a nylon screw through a washer and put it through the drilled hole.
Step 6: Hammer it in place and make sure the washer is over part of the grid.
If you get stuck, go over Georgina’s instructions and we’re sure you’ll get the hang of it soon.
What If You Don’t Want to Do It?
If going the DIY route seems too much of a hassle for you, don’t worry!
You can still have artificial hedge panels in your yard. All you need to do is contact the Designer Plants team and we’ll do all the work for you. And it will be a pleasure!
So, which of our faux hedges would you like to see in your home tomorrow?