Kyrt Ryder wrote:You could dig into the code [including the HOA code if you're under that tyranny] and see what it has to say about berms. In many locations that regulate this, you're still allowed to pile the soil an additional two feet above grade [which gets you 6 feet of visual disruption.]
Stacy Witscher wrote:Kyrt has a good idea. Another one that lots of people employ out here is adding a lattice top or some kind of trellising. All this depends on the exact wording of the code, what is and isn't considered a fence etc. I utilize a lot of trellising on my current property, the side yards don't get enough light for edibles but potato vine(not actually related to potatoes), and hardenbergia make lovely privacy screens. Or passionflower vine, although it's somewhat invasive.
Kyrt Ryder wrote:One more idea is to grow a dense line of trees just inside your property line. Some locales treat a proper hedge as a fence, but bushy trees on... say... 6 foot spacing and not 'layed as a hedge' doesn't qualify as such, but if they're only three feet away from the fence then their canopies can easily become a massive obstacle to anyone trying to see through or climb over your four-foot fence[Of course this is dependent on your local tyranny not screwing you out of front yard trees either.]
William Bronson wrote: I feel your pain.
I live in a similar situation, with the same kind of buracrazy.
In addition to a berm, consider a ditch.
It won't make it the barrier higher, but it will make crossing it more daunting.
A simple steel wire "cloths line" or two could hang up intruders, and provide support for vines, or a visual barrier, if you actually hung sheets on it.
Chris crossing lines could really ruin someone's day.
Maybe contract with tree trimmers to bring wood chips.
Build up the grade that way.
I wonder what the law on punji sticks is?
What a pain, so much work to be left alone.
Check the codes for barbed,razor and electric fencing.
They are probably illegal in your cities residential zones but who knows?
Moringa might be a good plant for growing a hedge/not hedge.
Raised beds or planters could give your plants a head start.
William Bronson wrote: As for dealing with the Man, I'm no help.
I'm in a third or fourth round of trying to fight/appease them.
I've lost more than won,and I have to fight old fights over and over again.
Good luck, fellow citizen.
Charli Wilson wrote:It all depends on the exact wording, but can you get away with a trellis with plants growing on, or a hedge/line of trees/other plantings instead?
Sebastian Köln wrote:- Your neighbour has to build up the fence, he has not done that yet. Make sure the city knows that.
- Demand compensation for the damages caused. He has caused damages on your property and is responsible for it.
If I was in that situation, I would sell the house and look for a better place. This does not sound like a place anyone would enjoy living.
Susan Pruitt wrote:I don't share the same animus against all city ordinances.
It's one of the reasons I chose not to move out to the county because you don't know what kind of "Deliverance" situations are out there
and no recourse to tell "them" (the government) to do something about it.
Conner Murphy wrote:
I'm typically not one to pursue things like that. My initial reaction after that happened was to just build the damn fence, quick, and block him out. It worked for a while.
I did not file a police report when it happened, although I probably should have. Maybe it would have qualified me for a code variance. Maybe they still wouldn't care. Now that I think of it, I should have filed when it happened, because there's nothing that can possibly make our neighborly relationship worse at this point. He already destroyed it by trying to do all that.
John C Daley wrote:How did things turn out?