Posted on 22-01-2008

Garden Fences

Filed Under (Build) by Gardening Content

Many people choose fences for their garden for numerous reasons including, privacy, marking a boundary, security and as a means of giving climbing plants support. There is a wide array of fences to buy each with their own advantages and disadvantages, so it pays in the long run to research what is best for you.

Wind

If you live in an area that suffers from windy conditions then this will definitely affect your purchase decisions. A solid fence is not a good idea because they will be more prone to falling over. Instead an open-work fence is better, alternatively you could grow a hedge.

Wood

If you choose a wooden fence then make sure that it hasn’t been preserved with creosote as the fumes can be poisonous to plants which may want grow. If after some years you notice your fence starting to lean over, place a strut against it for support, if doing this then you should grow some tall plants to disguise it.

If you already have a wooden fence and would like to make it taller without replacing the whole fence, you can place a trellis to the top. To do this you must first extend the fence posts so they are at least the height of the trellis. The extension panels come in different shapes, scalloped and straight. You can make your own but it is of course much easier to buy from a garden centre.

Security

When purchasing a fence for security reasons you can make them extra burglar-resistant by placing special plastic spikes to the top, you can buy these from a garden supplies shop. This will prevent thieves from climbing over.

If you are growing a hedge then you can also grow prickly plants such as roses and brambles. They are great for wildlife and are a very effective barrier for thieves.

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