Garden Fencing Ideas

We offer some great garden fencing ideas in this article. But even when you don’t have to worry garden fencing ideas

Keeping rabbits and deer at bay is one good reason to have a garden fence. We offer some great garden fencing ideas in this article. But even when you don’t have to worry about animals, fences can provide a lovely border. They also provide protection against wind. Many people will hold off putting one up, though, because the task seems overwhelming. It doesn’t have to be.

Garden fence kits are one way to go. These are complete assemblies that include everything you need to put up an attractive and sturdy fence. Some are so cleverly designed all you need to do is snap together the pieces and you’re done. They come in sections to make a square or rectangle. Some have modified braces that allow you to make an octagon or semi-circle.

Most are a little less simple, but still require only minimal work. The slats are pre-attached to horizontal supports called cross-members or rails. A few minutes is all that’s required to attach them to corner posts. A few screws inserted with a power screwdriver/drill and you’re in business.

Sinking posts doesn’t have to be a major chore, either. For some small garden fences it isn’t necessary at all. The posts will provide corner support for the slat sections, but the whole thing can simply sit on the ground without digging any post holes.

For additional support it’s possible to get metal post support stakes that take a lot of the effort out of the process. These are square metal ‘cups’ that have a 12-18 inch spike welded onto the bottom. The stake is pounded into the ground.

The metal cup can sit into a small square hole or above the surface. They’re usually painted in attractive colours or you can finish them to match your garden design. Then you just slide the post into the cup and secure it by tightening the cup using the integrated nut and bolt.

They can support considerable weight. One fence built this way withstood jumping on the fence and walking down the horizontal supports for the slats without tipping. After several snow-filled winters and springs of high wind and rain it’s still in place.

Lattice work is always popular and it too is available in pre-made sections that are easy to install. They’re the perfect option for climbing plants, ivy and others that will wind their way in and around the lattice. They also provide an easy way to support tall plants near the edge. Just use a bit of tie-wrap and tall tulips will stand up well to wind.

To protect against invasion by gophers and other ground dwellers, just extend the fencing below the ground about a foot. That can be as simple as just digging a trench and planning to have your slats a little taller than you originally envisioned. Chicken wire at the base and under the surface is another easy way to achieve the same result.

We hope you have found these garden fencing ideas useful. Fence your garden and have a finished look that protects your plants. It’s easy!

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Understanding Wooden Fencing Types

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Do you want to find out more about wooden fencing types for your garden? With all the high tech materials available in the world today, wood fences are still among the most popular of fence designs. Technology has allowed the choices of material, style and treatment to expand enormously even when choosing wood. Here is a look at some wood fence design choices, and which might best fit your needs.

Cedar continues to be selected by millions. It’s attractive, insect and rot-resistant, and comes in a variety of shades. Western Red Cedar is just what it sounds like, a reddish wood. Northern White Cedar is actually a pale yellow, much lighter than its reddish cousin.

Cedar can stand on its own for years with little care. But treating it will make it last many years longer, while optimizing its appearance. Oils take to cedar very well. They help keep out potentially harmful moisture and give the wood a rich look. Stains are another viable option, and have the added feature of offering some UV protection. Cedar remains one of the more popular wooden fencing types.

Redwood is another popular choice, and for obvious (and some less obvious) reasons. It’s beautiful and it, too, is naturally insect resistant, since it contains compounds that repel or kill many species. Similar molecules that occur in the wood naturally reduce mildew and other fungi from degrading the wood. Choose redwood for beautiful wood fences.

Staining is less common with redwood, since it’s already a shade that many people prefer. That is, after all, one of the major reasons they buy it. But some treatment is still advisable to keep that redwood lasting for years without needing replacement. A shellac or even a subtle oil will add considerably to its normal lifetime.

Composites have long been used as decking material and they’re making their way into fencing more and more. Made, as the name suggests, of a composite of wood shavings and resin, they strongly resemble natural wood. At the same time, they offer many more years of life while keeping their new appearance much longer than most natural wood. They also require much less maintenance and rarely need treatment.

Wooden fencing composites can be painted. Some can even take stain. Neither is usually necessary, though. This is because composites can be purchased with the desired look already incorporated. That helps offset their higher price. In the long run, they’re almost always less expensive because of their long life.

Beyond the choice of materials, there are dozens of wood fence design options.

There are a wide range of wooden fencing types. Design choices are influenced by the cost of materials, the desired look and the skill of the builder. But even with these criteria, the possibilities are limited chiefly by the imagination of the designer. Based on what’s available, that limit is amazingly high. Modern fencing has grown to encompass styles as diverse as the types of computer or clothing on the market.

The traditional picket fence remains popular today. The equally traditional slat-butt style is still highly useful and attractive. This is where boards are lined up shoulder to shoulder . Many variations cap the fence with a lattice-type fencing. This lets through sunlight and gives the fence a stylish look.

One outstanding option is the offset style. Slats are still placed side by side, but offset by a few inches forward or backward from one another. While small animals can get through, this style does provide privacy. It also offers an attractive alternative appearance.

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