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  1. Getting your Fencing Ready for Summer

    It's not unusual for us as homeowners to neglect our fences. After all, they tend to just be the accent of our gardens: that thing running along the side to keep the neighbour's dog and children away from running rampant on our property. However, a poorly maintained fence is one that's structurally weak. Not only is this a security risk, but it means that it's eventually going to fall down at some inopportune moment and require repair and/or replacement. Fortunately, there's ways we can slow this process down. It's time to get our fences ready for the summer. Here's how:

    Wood Preservatives

    One of the most damaging causes of a fence deteriorating is wood rot. It's immediately noticeable: it's a fungus that discolours, eats through, and ultimately destroys wood.  Wood preservatives contain chemicals that kill this fungus and help prevent any further damage happening to the fence. Of course, this won't automatically repair any holes and other unsightly

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  2. Secure Fencing for Your Garden

    As the days get lighter and the weather gets warmer there is typically an unfortunate increase in thefts, especially of items that are left outdoors in the garden.  Children's toys, plants, garden furniture, and other valuable outdoor items can be easy pickings for thieves. The average British garden contents have a value of nearly £2,000 so it is very important to secure the garden.  There are a number of ways to ensure the garden is secure, including the use of secure fencing, gates, locks, lights, and marking property, as well as alterations that make garden fences more difficult to climb. The latter may involve applying a sort of topper to the fence. There is no guarantee a thief will not still climb the fence, but it will be a deterrent that may make the thief choose an easier target.  Furthermore, if a thief still tries to climb the fence the extra bother will take more time and will be more difficult to avoid drawing attention. The following suggestions m

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  3. Why Your Garden Needs a Fence for the Oncoming Heatwave!

    Summer is arriving earlier than usual this year, with reports indicating that the UK is about to face one of the hottest Easters on record. The country’s famously unpredictable weather is expected to exceed 26 degrees Celsius (80 Fahrenheit), outdoing parts of Spain, Greece and North Africa.
    High pressure and an uncharacteristically deviating jet stream will send the mercury rising and no doubt send plenty of us outdoors to enjoy the glorious sunshine. Of course, one of the easiest ways to get outside is make good use of your garden, but in order to do that you’ll need to make sure that your fencing is in good order.


    Although keeping your garden secure is important, fencing isn’t only about keeping out prying eyes. A newly purchased fence can prove a beautiful addition to any garden and is available in a number of varieties. Whether you’re after traditional fencing panels or something more decorative you should be able to find 

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  4. Is An Arbour Right For Your Garden?

    An arbour can be the centrepiece of any garden design. It is often the focal point of a garden and creates a shady seating option for those who want to truly experience their garden upon completion and within full bloom. However, there's quite a few logistical concerns that gardeners need to take into consideration before they select an arbour, which ultimately ends up proving itself to be inappropriate for their design. Let's take a look at some of the key things gardeners need to think about before buying an arbour.

    The Setting

    The most important, and often most neglected, part of selecting an arbour is the setting it's placed in. This goes beyond just where it's going to be placed in a backyard or other garden feature. It's the plants selections that surround an arbour. Most designers will argue that arbour should be centrally placed amongst a setting that surrounds and encapsulates it. However, how gardeners go about this is another issue altoget

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  5. How deep must a fence post be set for a 6ft fence

    Every garden landscaper or builder will tell you that if the supporting fence posts are not correctly positioned or dug deep enough, your fence will be weak and will not last.

    If you find yourself in a situation where fence posts have not been built properly or are old then remove them and use this guide to install new and correct posts.

    First of all, fence posts can be purchased from any DIY and outdoor store as well as online. On site you will find all sorts of accessories that will aid and keep your fence in top condition.

    When it comes to selecting fence panels, take a look at our in depth guide which will help you determine what is best for you.

    How to install fence posts:

    1. The first thing you will want to do is to measure out in your garden the width between your fence posts. This can be done easily using string
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  6. How to Weave a Willow fence

    Weaving a willow fence is actually very easy. As something that has been done for centauries thanks to it’s easy to build advantage and long lasting factor. The fence itself is incredibly sturdy and when done properly will take a lot of force to damage.

    Willow fences are perfect for sectioning of parts of the garden, they provide privacy as well as low level security which is ideal for keeping pets away from parts of the garden you do not want them to ruin or parts that can be dangerous.

    To weave a willow fence you will need some materials.

     

    Step 1 –

    First of all you need willow vine or any other long vine/stems that you can find in abundance in most gardens at this time of year. Look for long straight vines that are strong but also have space to bend. If you cannot find enough in your garden use the power of texting and ask around family and friends and see if they have any that you can use.

    Depending on what size fe

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  7. The Ideal Fencing for Small Gardens

    Small gardens can be both functional and decorative.  There are various ways to utilise fencing in order to enhance a small garden, acting as a border, a garden decorative accessory, or even as the ideal framework on which plants can grow.  The following information may provide ideas for a garden fence that is suitable for any small garden at home.

    1. Using lattice fencing to make a small garden feel bigger
      Many homes have limited outdoor space in which to create a garden.  This means having gardens that may be smaller or narrower than the homeowner would like.  In order to make the garden feel bigger, fencing can be used to trick the eye.  A fence can be put up in such a way that there are gaps between the panels.  This allows the viewer to see beyond the garden through the gaps.  Putting up a fence in this way makes the fencing feel less solid and also makes the garden feel more expansive than it actually is.
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  8. How to Grow Plants and Vines up Your Fence

    When you look out of your window do you see lovely flowers and garden displays to be proud of or do you have an unwanted eyesore, perhaps an unsightly chain-link fence or old wooden fence? There is a perfect answer, you can plant a living screen, not to just cover this area up but to make it smell sweeter and/or to look better. Trailing plants come in all different kinds to suit different soil types and for fences that are either in sunny places or less sunny areas.

    You will find that planting climbers to grow on fences is not rocket science and it is a relatively easy job even for new gardeners, whilst it can offer an interesting enough challenge for the more seasoned planter!

    First steps

    Before deciding on the ideal climbing plants or vines that you want to use to brighten up your garden, you need to find which way your fence is facing, is it sunny side up or more in the shade! Use a compass because just guessing can cause you heartaches la

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  9. How to Make Your Fence Taller

    Many people choose to make their fence taller for various practical reasons. Most want to heighten fences for privacy; they either want to have freedom to use their garden without neighbours looking in, or so as not to see their neighbour's house or garden. Taller fences can provide shade from the sun, they can hide an eyesore such as a garage or old shed, and higher fences lead to improved security. Higher fences can also offer increased safety for exercising dogs and for children playing. Here we provide some steps you can take to make your fence taller to meet your specific requirements.

    Here are the steps to help make your fence taller:

    First steps

    • The first step is deciding what your problem is, why is your fence not tall enough? And then you need to find the solution to that specific issue. This sounds obvious, but it isn’t, because your next steps will flow from the first step! 

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  10. How to build a hit and miss fence

    Installing a fence, while a bit time consuming, is a fairly easy task to accomplish.  You don’t need to have anything other than basic building skills. As is the case with most home improvement tasks, make sure to give yourself adequate time to finish.

    If you are looking to achieve a combination of privacy and eye appeal your best bet is a hit and miss fence. While they may look more complicated than the standard side-by-side picket fence, the difference in difficulty is minimal. While they take slightly more time to complete and use about 15% more pickets, the difference in style and increased privacy make them worth the investment in time and resources.

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