Japanese Fences Increase The Beauty Of Your Yard
Whether you have Japanese ancestry, or you simply have an affinity for Japanese art and culture, putting up Japanese fences in your backyard can increase the beauty of your backyard space. Japanese fences have a unique look that makes them instantly identifiable. Bamboo, brushwood or lattice are the most common materials used to build these fences. Bamboo is perhaps most identified with Japanese fences. In fact, any fence that incorporates bamboo posts will have an Asian look. Use a traditional Japanese knot (called Otoko musu) and black palm rope to tie the posts to horizontal bamboo poles for an open fence. For a privacy fence, place tall bamboo poles close together to create fence panels. Brushwood is another fencing option with a distinctly Japanese look. Brushwood–also called broombush or brushbox–is a shrub native to Australia. The twigs are tightly packed to create a fence panel. This material absorbs sound and provides a wind block. Use brushwood panels alone for privacy, or incorporate them with bamboo or lattice for a more decorative look.
Lattice can be used to create Japanese fences, especially if it’s used as an accent among wood planks. Incorporate lattice panels at evenly spaced intervals, or use them as horizontal accents at the top of a fence. To complete the look, add a cap with some decorative posts running horizontally beneath it. The cap should appear to be a miniature roof, with boards placed at right angles.