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    Hi guys,

    We have already built a raised garden bed in the backyard, backing onto our existing paling fences. And we are looking to somehow build a back to the raised beds.

    We were thinking of cement sheeting (I think we have some blue board) - has anyone used this to separate the soil from the fence and if so, did it last long enough (ie we will probably have to replace fences in the next 10 years or so anyway) or did it get water logged and just deteriorate quickly?

    Any other suggestions???

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    What is the height?

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    Black plastic against the fence use the blueboard to stop the plastic from tearing.

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    I used old politicians (on white plastic). -



    With an election around the corner, might work for you. -

    Just make sure the very bottom of the palings are reinforced, or they will bow out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Micmac View Post
    I used old politicians (on white plastic). -



    With an election around the corner, might work for you. -

    Just make sure the very bottom of the palings are reinforced, or they will bow out.
    What a great use ...I will see if I can find some of those pesky real estate boards that the wind has blown over to do mine...

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    hehehehe - I think thats a perfect use for old politicians!!!

    Its only about 1 metre high - more worried about the rotting of the fence. But will definately check to make sure the base is secure.

    Cool - we have tried blackplastic but will use the blueboard on top of it - thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wallaby View Post
    I think thats a perfect use for old politicians!!!
    And new ones too!
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    Don't place that much soil against your fence, forces will be to great, fence will move and it will be you fault

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    We were going to put posts in the ground at the back of the garden bed and use the posts to brace the blueboard in front of the fence so as to protect the fence - would this hold the weight?? Soil will be about 80-90cms above the ground.

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    As cherub65 said i wouldnt be going to high up as a fence isnt designed to hold back that much weight

    Also something to consider is when it comes time to replace the fences they are going to have to remove the soil before they can erect a new one

    your better off building a retaining wall in front of the fence

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wallaby View Post
    We were going to put posts in the ground at the back of the garden bed and use the posts to brace the blueboard in front of the fence so as to protect the fence - would this hold the weight?? Soil will be about 80-90cms above the ground.
    why not just do it right so that you dont need to worry about it in the future
    instead of blue board use either 1/2 round or round treated pine logs

    Im not to sure if 1/2 round will be enough for that height but someone here will

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bedford View Post
    And new ones too!
    Keep in mind that you can over fertilize your garden.
    I'm no expert, but know enough to be dangerous...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wallaby View Post
    We were going to put posts in the ground at the back of the garden bed and use the posts to brace the blueboard in front of the fence so as to protect the fence - would this hold the weight?? Soil will be about 80-90cms above the ground.
    No it wont hold the weight at all, the amount of times I've seen this done truly amazes me. As said before a nightmare to fix and the blame game starts especially when the person responsible has moved on. Please do it right the first time

    A planter box in front of a fence should be just that, incorporate a rear wall (if overly long this can be tied into the front wall for added strength)

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    I absolutely wouldn't put anything against a fence, they're not made for it. Putting plastic against it won't help because the water will get in and then it will just rot next to the plastic. There is a huge weight in 80-90 cm of soil.

    The garden bed needs to stand on it's own with a gap between it and the fence, the gap needs to be big enough so that you can clean the crap out from time to time i.e. leave yourself 4 - 6 inches.
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