Care for your fencing by following our Fence MOT. It’s the best way to ensure that your garden fence is prepared for the coming winter.
Garden fencing has to both be practical and look great in the garden. And not just any garden – it has to be right for your own particular plot.
Most fences are used for screening - they might be hiding an ugly view, obscuring the neighbours, or acting as a barrier to unwanted attention, but this is not always the main motivating factor when choosing a fence panel.
There are a huge variety of panels on the market, so let us guide you through the most popular types and whether they are likely to meet your own requirements.
A fence panel isn't complete without a sturdy gravel board. They protect the panel from moisture rising from the soil and will help retain aggregates stay in the garden. You cannot forget about them when putting up a fence.
Gravel boards – why bother?
You can erect a fence without gravel boards. You can, of course, have a wish to replace that fence earlier than you otherwise do! Even when a wooden fence has a guarantee against rot, it will quickly get damaged either physically from stones and errant mowers and will rot quickly when on direct contact with the soil. A solid gravel board will always make a fence look better.
Types of gravel board
Wooden gravel boards look great and are easy to cut to size. Always include them with any fencing order. Make sure that each board has been pressure treated with a preservative to ensure longevity. Many people opt for concrete gravel boards, especially when fixing fence panels between concre
Go for chunky, solid, well made gates for years of easy access.
Never skimp when buying your gate as it is the one piece of the garden that potentially is being opened, shut, slammed and swung on for years. Quality is the key to a successful gate.
Choosing the right gate
If you are buying a brand new gate, choose carefully to ensure it matches existing fencing or property. The 5-bar gate is a classic gate and well suited to estates, large driveways and country style properties.
Side gates are usually solid, tall and capable of stopping anyone scaling them at will. Security is often a reason for a gate in the first place. Wooden gates should always be pressure treated to prevent rotting for at least 15 years and all metal fittings and screws should be galvanised to prevent unsightly and corrosive rusty marks.
Such gates come in a variety of sizes and shapes, and the choice is endless if you include bespoke gates. There are st
To paint a fence may sound like a long and tedious job but forget slapdash and do it properly – your fence will thank you for it.
Your fence may need a simple spruce up or a complete colour change, but the principles are the same. Do it properly and the result will last for years. Slap a dollop of paint all willy-nilly over your fence and it will look a mess, annoy the neighbours and you'll be doing it all over again next year. It's your choice!
Sprightly new fences
It's a wonderful feeling to take delivery of your new fence and the best time to apply stain or paint is before it's put up. It's so much easier to paint when the panel is flat, hopefully in a garage, to avoid drips and any bad weather ruining the job. Quality new fences carry a guarantee against rot and so don't actually need any extra coatings from that point of view, but you may just want to brighten the thing up, blend or contrast with existing colours in the garden, or even
A rotten fence doesn't have to mean a broken garden dream – simply get it fixed.
Wooden fences and posts eventually rot or even snap in strong winds. And if your panels are sagging, slumping or are a holey disgrace then it's easy to sort.
Checking for damage
Fence-fit check ups
Make checking your fences a part of your weekly gardening routine. A quick waggle of the posts and visual inspection of the panels will spot trouble before it becomes a bigger job. After all, a 6x6 panel strewn on your herbaceous plants will cause a lot of damage. A referee’s assistant always checks the goalposts before a game starts so get into the habit of checking your own boundaries. Slats on many fences do pop out and if spotted early, are simply eased back into their original position. Wood does move according to the moisture content and temperature, so a quick check is a great habit to get into.
Signs of decay
Let us guide you through the basics of how to build a fence.
With summer just around the corner, gardens can often need a bit of TLC and part of that is making sure that your fences and garden structures are looking great. Over winter, it is quite common for garden fencing and structures to take a bit of damage from the weather, so if you are looking to replace any of your existing items be sure to check out these products below.
The best garden fencing and structures
1. Chestnut brown pressure treated featheredge panel in 6x6, 6x5 and 6x3
Create a classic and effective garden boundary fence with this excellent pressure treated featheredge panel, providing privacy and security for your outside fence as well as looking lovely!
These fence panels are manufactured from heavy duty timber and pressure treated to provide a 15 year guarantee again
Sheds, fences, pergolas, arbours, trellises and even playhouses are all great things to have in a garden. But the wind, rain, snow and sunshine all take their toll and what looked like a shiny new addition to your garden can end up looking worn out and dilapidated if you don’t maintain it.
Maintaining garden structures is a necessary chore. Any gardener who has ever ripped out a decrepit old fence or shed will think wistfully that it would have been far easier and cheaper to maintain it properly.
Looking after your garden structures
Wooden, metal and plastic garden sheds all have different requirements for maintenance.
Wooden sheds take the most work as you need to prevent wood rot. Dip-treated wood requires a fresh coat of wood treatment preservative once a year. If your shed is made from pressure-treated wood, then wood preservative has been worked into the centre of the timber
Even if your fence hasn’t fallen over in the strong winds, chances are the panels have still taken a bit of a beating over recent weeks. Even when the weather is nice it is important to make sure that your fence is in good condition regularly to help limit the amount of repairs and replacements you will need to carry out over the years.
When the weather couples strong winds with wet days our fences and garden buildings can suffer a lot of damage. The wind can batter fence and shed panels, causing holes to be formed or panels to be torn away from posts. The rain can soak into the wood and without any warmth in the air or strength in the sun to dry the wood again, this can lead to rot.
It is true that pressure-treated wood is less susceptible to rot than dip-treated wood, but neither of them is indestructible when it comes to high winds.
What to look out for
There are many things that you need to look out for after bad weather when i