What does a


fence mean?

With one stroke of a paintbrush, property owners can mark the boundaries of their land, using the universal color purple to tell everyone to keep out.

Where You Might See Fences and Trees Marked Purple

In Texas,  purple paint stripes on posts or trees indicate that the land is off-limits to all trespassers. Outdoor enthusiasts in North Carolina, however, can cross such boundaries as long as they do not engage in hunting, fishing, or trapping.

Being convicted of criminal trespass can result in jail terms lasting months or even years as well as up to $10,000 in fines in certain jurisdictions.

Tips for Using Purple Paint on Your Property

For marking fence posts, any type of paint will work. For trees, use only latex paint, not oil-based; the latter can be harmful to trees.

Where to Buy  Purple Paint

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