This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Freedom Outdoor Living. All opinions are 100% mine.
I have a pretty big, fenced-in backyard. It’s one of the reasons we bought this house almost nine years ago. With dogs and kids, having a large, enclosed yard to run around in is a huge plus. Originally, the yard had nothing but a small concrete patio and our deck jutting out into it. Over the years we extended the patio, added a dog potty area (because cleaning poop from 1/3 acre lawn so the kids can enjoy it is no fun), shed pad, generator, large rain collection barrel and a number of raised garden beds. It’s still a work in progress as we have to build the shed and we have a big pile of blocks and pavers we got for free that we are devising uses for, but it’s slowly becoming one of my most favorite places to be. If we could solve the wasp issue, it would be my most favorite place!
In general, most of the projects we have added to our yard don’t really impact how the dogs and the kids enjoy the yard except for the garden. It is a constant source of annoyance because the dogs can not only usually be found standing in the middle of my strawberries and cucumbers eating the leaves, they run at full speed through the yard leaping and weaving around the beds which probably isn’t overly safe for them. We spend most of our time yelling at them to get away from the garden. I turn away for a second and turn back to find an 85 lb golden retriever digging in my lettuce. It really makes it a chore to be out in the yard with the dogs instead of being fun and relaxing.
Take a look:
I want them to be able to run and play without worrying about their safety or the safety of my fruits and vegetables. I love my little mini homestead area, but I know there has to be a better way to enclose it. I want something that is flexible and isn’t permanent – what if we decide to add more raised beds? I want something decorative that would keep the dogs out but not limit my view of the yard.
I originally envisioned a white picket fence looking all cute and cottagey (probably not a word) but realized that a permanent fence was not the answer. So it has remained a problem for the last couple of years.
Then I learned about Freedom Connections™ available exclusively at Lowe’s and I knew that our problems would be solved!
About Freedom Connections™
Freedom Connections™ is a vinyl fencing system that makes it easy to enclose small areas for privacy, protection from elements, kids or pets, concealment of unsightly things like garbage or simply for a decorative accent. It is easy to install and doesn’t require digging, concrete footers, hardware or glue. Connections Decorative Fencing is affordable, and low maintenance and is very flexible. Because it’s not a permanent structure, you can reconfigure it as your needs change. It also lets you be creative allowing for 3 different height options and four different panel styles that you can arrange in numerous different ways to create that perfect look for your project.
The Freedom Connections™ system consists of 2 main parts, posts and panel inserts. Each post is 4 sided so it can be placed in any orientation. Posts also come with bottom spacer tabs, an anchor stake, and a post cap. Posts come in 3 sizes: 1-tier for a single height panel insert, 2-tier for 2 high panel inserts and 3-tier for 3 high panel inserts. Panel inserts have a single 2-sided panel with a removable top rail. Inserts come in 4 different styles: solid, which has a vertical plank design on one side and a horizontal plank design on the other; parquet; herringbone and circles.
The key to the system that makes it super flexible and eliminates the need for digging or concrete footers are the anchor stakes. These stakes are easy to hammer into the ground with a mallet (you put them halfway into the ground).
Anchor stakes get placed 37.25″ apart and then you simply slide the posts down over the stakes, add the spacer tabs as needed where you will have inserts and slide the panel inserts in between the posts. If you are doing a 2-tier, or a 3-tier system, you will have to remove the top rail of the lower inserts in order to get the panels to snap together. It’s really very simple!
My husband, being an expert at DIY developed his own rhythm for setting the anchor stakes. I’m not sure that it made the install any faster (it may have made it a bit slower) but he felt more comfortable going a panel at a time to ensure the spacings were correct.
So he would place a post, then add the next panel insert and column, align it with some boards he was using to ensure a straight line, and then he dropped the anchor stake down into the column.
See how the posts are designed so there is a narrow center column all the way down. This helps keep the column from moving around over the anchor stake which keeps the fence more sturdy.
He then removed the column as he held the anchor stake in place.
It really left him no room for error doing it this way. Note that the top rail was not yet removed from the adjacent panel. We figured that part out later.
Then he hammered the anchor stake halfway into the ground.
And then he re-placed the post over the stake.
He then placed the spacers in the column slots and slid the lower, solid panel down into place (again, note that the top rail should be removed on the lower panel of a 2-tier installation).
There are continuous tabs on the sides of the panels that slide into the slots on each side of the posts. It’s a beautifully simple design that works very well.
He slides the panel all the way down to the tops of the spacers.
Here is a close-up of what the bottom spacer tabs look like:
He kept working this way until he reached the corner, and then because the columns are 4-sided, he was easily able to make a 90-degree turn with the Connections™ system without needing any extra parts.
The corner was super strong, I was actually really impressed with how secure it was at that corner. I thought it would be all floppy, but it doesn’t budge!
I had the job of adding the top panels in the 2-tier system which was a lot of fun to do as it all came together.
When all was said and done, it was a fairly easy and uneventful installation. We didn’t really realize it at the time but the short side of our garden slopes a little bit which created a bit of an issue at one of the panels.
Since each column along the slope sits slightly lower than the next, at the one column, the panel sits above the post cap. We aren’t sure how to fix it, but you really don’t see it unless you are looking for it.
I am so super happy at how this turned out! My dogs can only enter the garden area through the opening at the one end (which we have already trained them that they do NOT enter) and it looks SO CUTE!
It is exactly what I envisioned without the hassle of digging and with the flexibility to modify if our needs change.
I really think it makes the yard look a lot nicer!
It also makes my garden feel like more of an oasis and a separate, more important place than before.
Salad anyone? I can’t wait to start seeing the veggies!
How would you use a Freedom Connections™ Fencing package around your home? Around a patio for privacy? Add a decorative edge to a landscape bed? Around a trash area to beautify it? Some other use? Remember, Connections™ is available exclusively at Lowes!
Tell me in the comments below how you would use this amazing new fencing system around your home and fill out the form for a chance to win a Freedom Connections™ Fencing package of your choice!
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