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How do you attach an artificial hedge extension to a wooden fence?

by Changyou Mellish on October 25, 2022


Do you need more privacy than your existing wooden fence can provide? Then, an artificial hedge extension might be the solution for you. 
Before you start, please consider some height restrictions with the authorities. The height is one metre if you're facing a road used by vehicles and two metres otherwise. You might need planning permission if your fence height, including the artificial trellis, exceeds two metres (6.56ft) above ground level. I also suggest that you consult with neighbours before you start your project. 

What is an artificial hedge extension? 

An artificial hedge extension attaches to your existing fence to make it taller. Therefore, it provides more privacy. It also creates visual interest by incorporating a different design and material.

Why choose an artificial hedge extension?

Here are some of the main reasons homeowners add artificial hedge extensions:

  • Increase privacy. A hedge extension can add extra height, typically 50 cm to one metre. The half metre may only seem like a little once you consider you might see your neighbours (or vice versa) over a six-foot fence. Over a seven- or eight-foot wall, not so much!
  • Pet friendly. Cats like to climb and jump on a solid wooden fence. Very little so with an artificial foliage top. So you can keep your cats or neighbours' cats out of your garden.
  • Aesthetic and visual interest. Hedge extensions come in various designs and materials. You can create a contrast or a focus point.
  • Save money. You don't need a new fence. Your existing wall may be in good condition, but you want more privacy. Hedge extensions can change the look of your fence and enhance the beauty of your backyard without spending a fortune.

What types of hedge extensions can I have?

Here are some of our most popular artificial foliage:

  • Artificial box hedge. The simplest solution. It creates a neat and timeless look.
  • Artificial ivy bush. It has old and young leaves with a multi-shade of green gimmicks on the plants for a more natural look.
  • Artificial green wall. It creates a lush and dense hedge as if you are in a tropical forest.

artificial ivy bush hedge extension on wooden fence

artificial yellow box hedge extension on wooden fence

How do you attach an artificial hedge extension to a wooden fence?

We offer installation services. If you decide to install an artificial hedge yourself, you'll need to buy the right type and amount of hardware and have the right tools. This includes but is not limited to a screwdriver, cutter and various nails and fixtures. I recommend you use treated timbers or marine plywood. Galvanized mesh is also needed to form a supportive frame.

Here are some significant steps for creating the fence extension:

  • Could you build the supporting posts? Most wooden fences are placed between concrete posts. It would be best if you increased the height of the supportive position to your ideal hedge height. Please ensure the structure is secure and robust, as the wind can be vital as the fence gets higher.
  • Could you make the frame? An artificial hedge has a plastic mesh backing and needs a structure to attach to it. You can create a solid 3D design that weathers well outdoors for years using treated timbers, marine plywood, and galvanized mesh.
  • Attach the foliage. Click together the hedge tiles and cut them to size. Attach the foliage onto the frame with a stapler, cable ties or screws. 
With some practice, you can build your hedge extension within a day or two. A friendly hand may be needed during the project. Indeed, I am always happy to guide you if you need help.