A Caveat in Erecting Chain-Link Fences
As mentioned earlier, wrought iron is often compared and contrasted with chain link when people are choosing security fencing. The drawback of the former is that it is more expensive. How can the additional cost be justified? Wrought iron is much more attractive than a chain-link fence. Many find the latter visually unappealing. So if you can "pay up," buying wrought iron is justifiable. But most middle-class homeowners settle for the cheaper alternative.
Some homeowners with chain-link fences try to hide them by:
Growing plants that camouflage the fencing.
Weaving fence slats into the fencing.
Remember, though, that doing this will reduce the effectiveness of the chain-link fence as security fencing. The people who try to cover a chain-link fence are often those who have bought a house with the fencing already in place. They may not feel the need for security (or may simply not understand the need to keep the view open for optimal security) and are driven to disguise their chain-link fences because they find them ugly.
If you find yourself with a chain-link fence and do not feel the need for security, your best option for covering it may be with a vine. To help you pick a vine, I have provided a photo gallery with pictures of vines. For no-fuss camouflage, perennials are best. Select from the following vines based on whether the area is shady or sunny:
Perennial Vines for Shade
Perennial Vines for Sun
But vines are not your only choice. A hedge of rose bushes, for example, can also hide a chain link fence.
If plants are too high-maintenance for you, consider the fence slats mentioned above. There are many different choices. Some run diagonally, others vertically. They also come in a variety of colors. Do note, however, that most people find plants more attractive than fence slats.
Thanks to the Pauls Valley, OK Police Department, for tips on what makes for the best security fencing. For more food for thought on fencing, please see:
Fence Line Landscaping
Types of Wooden Fences
Pictures of Fences