Gate and white picket fence in front of a gray house
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Stone Wall Topped with Fencing

Another option is to mount a shorter, 3- or 4-foot lattice or picket fence on top of a 2- or 3-foot stone wall. The wall, from a distance, is high enough to disrupt sight lines, while the openwork fence screens without feeling claustrophobic.

A good wall begins with a stable base. In locations with lots of loam and poor drainage, you might have to excavate down 4-feet-deep, below the frost line, and install piping to drain water out of the footing.
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