Why You Should Treat Your Fence Panels This Winter

During winter, there aren’t as many gardening jobs to be done. The ground - frozen solid. The flowers? Long gone. If you can brave the cold, what better time to get outside and give your tired, old fence panels a new lease of life?

The all-important preparation:

Firstly, check your panels thoroughly, especially if they’ve been around for a few years. Wicked winter winds could have caused damage: loosening fixings, snapping battens and cracking slats of wood. In a particularly bad storm this could cause your panel to go cartwheeling across the garden – no one wants that! A little bit of sprucing also doesn’t hurt: remove those pesky cobwebs, lichen and weeds.

Choosing your treatment:

Try and calculate how much treatment you’ll need. This will vary from product to product, and we’d also recommend sticking to reputable, established brand names. Picking the best colour for your panels from the plethora now available is a little trickier. Maybe this is the year to opt for a bold, statement shade to liven up your garden? Top tip: buy two tins and keep the receipts. The nights are drawing in and you don’t want to run out of time should you underestimate and have to pop to the shops!

Treating your panels:

Remember to look at the weather forecast - treating fence panels would be a rather miserable task in the pouring rain! Once any necessary repairs and replacements have been carried out, it’s time to paint your panels. To begin, simply do what it says on the tin! It should be fairly self-explanatory; stir the contents carefully and away you go. Make sure to use the appropriate equipment - high quality brushes or a purpose-built sprayer are a must.

Sit back and relax:

Once you’ve finished, admire your handiwork. Doesn’t your garden look so much better now? You’ve certainly earned a hot cup of tea and a biscuit after all that hard graft. Now you can rest knowing your panels are protected for another few years, and you didn’t trample any plants in the process. Job well done!

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