William Matthews from FindMePlants.co.uk tells us what to look out for when deciding on a new fence for your garden. No matter your climate, your garden fencing is going to take a beating over the years. Whether it’s the sun glaring down, windy storms or harsh winter weather, each season brings the elements at all locations. You might lose a panel or two here and there, or you may face an even bigger catastrophe at times. Perhaps one of your farm animals just decides to bust out one day and break your fence. When any of this occurs, what you’re looking for is a cost effective way to replace fence panels and keep your fence durable and efficient.
Appearance is everything
When you’re taking a look at your garden fence, appearance is a must. Therefore, don’t just think about durability, but how about spicing things up a little with some jasmine or other vine plants? You can add trellises and any type of plant or vine that goes along with your “look.”
When constructing a garden fence or replacing panels, one of the things you should know is that timber is preferred. This is cost efficient, and timber panels are of course highly durable and hard wearing. This creates that rustic environment that goes so well with the theme of a garden and some land out in the country. Rustic even looks great in the city, too.
Many hardware and lumber places carry the hard wearing timber panels that you need for that rustic look. You can make the buying process even more affordable if you’re willing to do your own cutting. Of course, you don’t need to do this if you don’t have all the necessary skills. You don’t want messed up lumber, and you don’t want to compromise your safety either.
With the shapes and sizes if you like. A unique garden fence is always great, but you just have to make sure it’s going to serve the purpose. And, you’re not subject to the inventory, as you can cut to shape or have someone do it for you.
Arris rails are used with close board that has been morticed so that you have the most durable timber fence as well as the privacy you want. Since close board panels are definitely heavy material, the fences made from these are placed together and erected onsite. Of course, this provides an advantage to you as the fence is erected according to the specific landscape and what obstacles may lie in the way.
Another popular option is overlap style fencing, which has wavy edges perfect for that rustic look you’re trying to achieve. While this fence option is stellar, it’s not going to be quite as durable as the close board garden fencing.
Another great Garden Border Fence is the Traditional Picket Fence
These have always been popular and continue to be very popular. They don’t require as much space, but you’re going to give up some privacy compared to other fencing options. Still, these fences are shorter and do not have to fight with the wind quite as much, and they come with that rustic quality of “simplicity.”
Even more traditional is that old post and rail fence. These work great and are highly durable as well. Of course, they also sacrifice privacy but definitely provide the look you’re trying to achieve. They are also very easy to build and while keeping your garden enclosed, you are also allowing people to view what you’ve got within your beautiful space!
Of course you want to waterproof your fence, and you even have the option of purchasing fencing timber parts that already come pre-treated with preservatives, which protects against those insects and fungi that are just waiting to get a hold of your nice wood. You can also buy this pre-treated wood in a variety of different colors if you want that different look without having to paint on your own.
The different climates were mentioned earlier, and this is important when deciding which type of fence you want on your landscape. Check and see what works well with your climate so that the fence you install serves its purpose and is long-lasting.
Amy Rice enjoys writing about gardens and plants, when not writing she enjoys spending time with her family and horse riding.