Most homeowners like to have a privacy fence around their homes but then there are some who like to showcase their landscaping. Picket fences have something in store for both types of people. Picket fences have a classic look that not only encloses your yard, offering privacy and safety, but also add beauty to your home. The most common picket backyard fence designs is one in which the pickets are mounted vertically on a pair of parallel strips, one near the top and one near the bottom. These strips are attached to poles driven into the ground. This type of fence is usually shorter than a privacy fence and traditionally, there is space between the pickets. However, if you prefer more privacy, the picket fence can be constructed with the pickets placed closer together. Another picket backyard fence designs are made with PVC. PVC is more preferred is that it can easily be hosed off while you are cleaning and does not require to be painted.