Instructables
Picture of How to Use Gutters To Dress Up Your Fence
Wooden privacy fences are functional, but boring. Unlike wrought iron or other types of fencing, wooden fences offer little aesthetic value by themselves, so many homeowners try to dress them up. Here's a nifty idea: use standard aluminum gutters to turn your dull fence into a beautiful and productive gutter garden!

Lots of flora will grow nicely in the shallow troughs of gutters. Small-root plants, annuals, and vines will flourish nicely. Various herbs like thyme, basil, sage, peppermint, and spearmint are also popular choices for gutter gardens. Or you can grow your own produce such as strawberries, lettuce, spinach, radishes, and onions.

Here's a step-by-step process on dressing up your fence with gutter gardens:
 
Remove these adsRemove these ads by Signing Up

Step 1:

Picture of
1. Measure the length of the fence sections that you will be using. Determine whether you will have more than one gutter garden on each section of fence. If you have dogs or other animals, you may want to avoid low-hanging gutter gardens. If you have kids who want to help tend them, make sure they are within reach of a child's hands. If you have decreased mobility, place them at about chest height.

Step 2:

Picture of
2. Buy or acquire the guttering to fit the spaces where you want your gardens. Aluminum gutters usually come in ten-foot sections, so be prepared to cut them to fit your fence if necessary. Also, be sure to acquire enough end caps for each gutter garden.

Step 3:

Picture of
3. Punch or drill a series of holes in the bottoms of the gutter sections about four inches apart from each other. This will allow water to drain out of the gutters and prevent root rot.

Step 4:

Picture of
4. Paint the gutters whatever color(s) you desire. After thoroughly cleaning the outside of each gutter section, apply a coat of oil-based primer before decorating with a fully acrylic paint.
danes781 year ago
So clever!! Thanks for sharing.
rc jedi1 year ago
great idea! and the stencils are cool too. I saw another idea along with this, hang nets on the fence too to hold heavy stuff like melons tomatoes and such.
Takelababy1 year ago
I have extra viny gutters and a few will look great along the front of my deck. Thanks for the idea.
DvsNegrito2 years ago
Great idea. Thanks.
flyingpuppy2 years ago
Very pretty and smart gardening! Gonna pass this on to my green thumbed sister! Thanks.
vincent75202 years ago
Great !…

The irony is that we usually take great care of clearing our "actual" roof gutters of all leaves and dirty matters that could clog them !…
Here on the contrary …

I really like this way of "dressing up" fences and walls !…

Thank you for the Inst'.
JediZombie2 years ago
I love this idea! We are about to replace a chain link fence with a new wooden privacy fence. I think i will add this to the cost and grow our own spices (and strawberrys)
rosewood5132 years ago
Just beautiful, I am gong to do this and make it a feeder for my chickens on th eside of my shed,, I have one in the coop.
lostbord9992 years ago
Thank you for posting this Instructable! It is a very wounderfull way to use some wasted space that we all we know we have.
blkhawk2 years ago
Wow! Great way to recycle old gutters.
I like these a lot, I will have to remember this one in the spring.
With a garden that has to be grandchild friendly anything that brings a bit of colour that is safe from balls & bikes is a good idea in my book :-)
scoochmaroo2 years ago
Clever ideas!