Need landscaping advice to hide unsightly air/heat units
May 13, 2013 in Design Dilemma
My family uses a side entry into our new house. This south-facing side has two large air/heat units. I'm trying to figure out the best way to camouflage them. I've thought about enclosing them with a picket-style fence but the units are spaced so far apart.... Right now I have a butterfly bush in front of each unit and these bushes should help hide the units once they grow to maturity -- but the bushes will only camouflage the units from mid-summer to fall. I'm not a big fan of arborvitae shrubs. This is really my only significant flower/gardening area & I like using it as an area for bird feeders. Any advice? THANK YOU!
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0 Likes   May 13, 2013 at 9:36AM
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Surround them with white lattice enclosures or trim that matches that on your archway.
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nFORMAL design
decoenthusiaste probably has about the best idea for this case. There isn't too much you can really do since I'm sure you don't want anything tall that would block your view from inside the house. I'm not sure why you think the picket fence idea wouldn't work either. How far apart are they? Are you worried about the cost because of the amount of fencing you'd need or possible accessibility issues? You could cut some white picket fencing down to the correct size and create a latch/door for access when needed.
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Aja Mazin
I agree with deco.

As a native Floridian, I have seen many "solutions and by far, a lattice work enclosure is the most attractive and functional answer.

Lattice work will not restrict the air and is economical.
0 Likes   May 13, 2013 at 12:39PM
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Thank you all! I am going to try surrounding them with fence/lattice after all. Maybe I can look at this solution as another place to hang one more bird feeder. :) Appreciate you guys taking the time to give me your advice!
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Yes, before reading above comments above I was going to say lattice...painted white and then plant sweet pea vines to cover. It'll be a great backdrop for the rest of your flowers. I love your house.
Don't forget your hummingbird feeders.
1 Like   May 14, 2013 at 5:07AM
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Roma Fence
Have a look at our utility screen, We make it in custom iron as well. Can be ordered.
Feel free to message us if you have any questions :). . Your other option is to do as you mentioned, set up a small picket fence, or you could set up large planters around it. You could find that at any hardware store.
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