Unpredictable weather events have been wreaking havoc on unsuspecting gardeners, damaging their fences and leaving their lawns unprotected. Replacing fence panels is surprisingly complicated, due in large part to the number of options available. Fences that can hold up to the weather are in high demand, but many gardeners are disappointed with the style options. It is important to remember that it is easy to put in a trellis to jazz things up; adding honeysuckle or jasmine is a great touch. Many fences become nearly unrecognizable with just a little extra effort!
While not very secure, picket fences are often used to create a border along a front garden. They are fairly compact, and they aren't very susceptible to damage from high winds. However, they may not provide the privacy that some gardeners crave.
Post and Rail Fencing
For those that aren't very adept at constructing fences, the post and rail is a great solution. It is simple to put together; you simply take vertical posts and nail horizontal rails to them. It also does not cost a lot of money to build. However, like picket fencing, the post and rail fence does not give a lot of privacy.
Using timber to build a fence just makes sense; it's a tough material that truly belongs in a natural garden environment. There are a lot of options when it comes to buying a wooden fence; the panels don't cost a lot and are readily available. You always have the option of getting boards and then cutting them yourself, but keep in mind that this is best done by someone that has experience with woodworking.
For a wooden fence that will last a long time, go close board. It can stand up to the elements and also offers privacy to individuals that value their alone time in the garden. It typically has to be built onsite, because the materials are very heavy. That is generally an advantage, though, as the layout of the land can be considered as the fence is being erected.
For an affordable option, look into an overlap fence. While it is not quite as durable as the close board, it looks great in a garden space.
Plastic and Metal Fencing
Stay away from both plastic and metal fencing. Plastic fences simply do not last a long time. They are very susceptible to severe weather and often aren't worth the money invested in them. Metal rails should also be avoided, but for different reasons. While metal fencing holds up well against the elements, it rusts and becomes an eyesore.
When positioning the fence, keep in mind that a base is not necessary. The posts, however, have to be buried in the ground. Since you do not want the bottom of the posts to rot, it is best to put down some extra gravel on top of the soil.
Keep the needs of your garden in mind as the fence is erected. For example, you don’t want to block the sun from shining on plants that need a lot of light. In addition, if your fence is very tall, be careful not to block sunlight from shining into your home.
Once your fence is in place, turn your attention to weatherproofing. There are products available on the market that will keep algae and fungi from growing. In addition, you may be able to purchase a waterproof shield.
If that sounds like too much work, consider getting fencing that has been pre-treated to keep insects and fungi away. There are typically a number of options available, and the fencing should come with a guarantee so that you can feel confident when spending your money.
It is important to keep a few things in mind before you purchase a fence, however. Consider what the weather is like in your area. Also, think about what type of plants you have in your garden and what their needs are. If you do your research, you can find a fence that you love and that will last a long time.
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Amy Rice writes about different types of fencing and other gardening related subjects, when not writing she enjoys ice skating and swimming with her daughter.