How to Disguise a Chain-Link Fence

Although a chain-link fence makes an effective barrier, keeping pets or children inside a yard and trespassing people or animals out of it, the fence itself is not very attractive. Hide the utilitarian appearance of the chain-link fencing by planting landscaping along the fence. Vines can grow attractively along the fence and camouflage the chain link.

Cover up a chain-link fence to make it more attractive.


Step 1

Select an annual or perennial vine to plant along the fence. Annual vines can grow quickly but require yearly planting to maintain coverage. Perennial vines create a more permanent cover for a chain-link fence, but choose a cultivar that will not become so large that it pulls down the metal mesh. Suggestions for annual vines include morning glory, black-eyed Susan and cypress. Suggestions for perennial vines include clematis, English ivy and Boston ivy.

Step 2

Prepare the soil along the fence by removing grass in a narrow 4- to 6-inch-wide strip, if necessary. Cultivate the soil down to a depth of about 4 inches, using the garden spade.

Step 3

Plant seeds along the fence line, spacing the seeds 2 to 3 inches apart. Some seeds like morning glory and cypress vines need soaking for about eight hours before planting to aid in germination. Cover seeds with about a half inch of soil and water evenly. Place plants in the ground, spacing them every 6 to 8 inches along the fence line, and water the soil well.

Step 4

Keep the soil evenly moist throughout the growing season to help the vines flourish.

Step 5

Train vines to climb the fence by weaving them in and through the metal mesh when the vines get long enough to reach up to the fence.


Step 6

Clean the mesh chain links with the wire brush. Rub the brush vigorously over the fencing to remove dirt and debris.

Step 7

Lay the tarp beneath the fence to protect the ground from paint drips.

Step 8

Apply paint to the chain-link portion of the fence, using a paint roller with a 1- or 1 1/2-inch nap. Cover the metal completely with paint that's dark green or black. Paint the posts with the paintbrush.

Step 9

Apply a second coat of paint, if necessary, to achieve even coverage on the metal.