Choosing the Best Type of Fence for Your Garden
Date: 4th Jan 2017
The leaves start to fall, the barbecue has charred its last steak and the less hardy members of your family are headed back indoors to centrally-heated bliss. The true gardener, however, turns their thoughts at this time of year to more mundane matters: preparing the garden for the wintry season ahead. Don’t forget your fences – some care and maintenance now can protect them through the winter and save you money on fence repairs come the spring.
Prolonged exposure to moisture in the soil is a primary cause of rotting, which will eventually lead to your fence collapsing. To help your wooden fence posts last longer:
Years of exposure to winter weather can leave wooden fence panels with little protection from wind, water and fungus. Some routine maintenance can help:
Yes, if the fence is sturdy and well supported by its posts, power-washing is a good method of cleaning and prepping it ready for painting or staining. A 3000psi (or greater) pressure washer will ensure you strip the fence of flaking paint, dead wood and other loose dirt and debris.
It’s important to move the water jet in the direction of the grain of the wood so it won’t leave marks when you come to stain the fence.
Commercial wood preservatives vary in the claims they make for longevity; some products advise a fresh maintenance coat on a yearly or 2-yearly basis while others claim up to 5-year fence protection.
One-coat products generally have a shorter life-span. Applying two coats may seem like a lot of work, especially if you have a long fence-line, but it could be worth the effort in the long run.
Follow the manufacturer’s directions for the initial application, but it won’t hurt your fence to give it an extra coat of preservative if the fence starts to look faded and dull after a year or two. Many shades are available to suit your preference.
Hardwoods are more resilient than treated softwood timber; the slow growth of hardwoods make it denser, helping its long-term resistance to the weather, but in the short term it’s an expensive option for a long run of fence panels.
If you’re considering a new gate, however, the cost is not so prohibitive.
Released On 5th Oct 2017