A blog about the restoration, remodel and renovation of a 1929 Chicago-style brick bungalow

The Time Has Come

Pete decided to pull out the aluminum slats from the fence so that the neighbor realizes the fence removal is coming very soon. Instead of just yanking the fence out in one fell swoop, we’re kind of lessening the shock. We hope.


It already looks much better. And, it’s Earth-friendly too:— leave it out for the scrappers and they’ll recycle it for you.


We went over to the nursery to check out the Arborvitae, which is what we’ll be planting in its place. Arborvitae are native to Illinois, and will serve as a nice backdrop to whatever we end up planting in front of them.

We’ll go with the 4-foot size, which looked like the smallest size they had. From what I’ve read, buying larger trees or shrubs aren’t worth the price you have to pay, and the smaller plants usually do better in the end and grow more vigorously.

The person who helped us suggested planting them root ball-to-root ball if we wanted to use them as a privacy screen, which would mean we need 6 or 7 of them. It looks like next weekend will be in the mid-40s and overcast, so it might be a good time to get it done and over with.


  1. Kelli on April 8, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    A natural privacy screen will look so much nicer than that metal fence. I can’t wait to see pictures of the plant you picked out.

  2. Jennifer on April 9, 2008 at 9:32 am

    That will look great! I’ve never been a fan of chain link.. the living fence will be so much nicer!

    On a different note… have you thought of growing the bushes into and around the fence? Just to provide a little more security in case anyone gets a dog? Might not work… just a thought I’ve seen around here.

  3. denise on April 9, 2008 at 9:54 am

    Thanks Kelli and Jennifer—hopefully we’ll get those in soon, but now they’re saying chance of snow this weekend! Jennifer, I would love to be able to just leave the fence and just cover it up with something natural, but the big problem is the PO installed the fence almost 2 feet IN from our property line, so we feel we have to do something about it and remove it altogether in order to fix that little issue. Unfortunately the neighbor has planted something right next to the fence, but it’s really on our property. Ugh.

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