A fence is an important part of the garden – as well as adding security to the garden and helping to protect your home, they are also a decorative feature and can help to make our gardens look good. Autumn is a good time of the year to focus on your fencing – making sure that it is in good order before winter rolls in is a good idea, as weak and damaged fences can easily be brought down by a bad winter storm.
When it comes to replacing your fence in the garden, there are lots of options to choose from, and you don’t even need to have fencing as a garden border! If you are looking for a new garden boundary, here are some ideas to consider…
Wooden Fencing – One of the most popular choices of fencing, wooden fencing is available in an array of styles so don’t think that if you have seen one wooden fence you have seen them all – because you definitely haven’t! A good place to get quality fencing from is a timber supplier, such as these timber merchants Portsmouth www.timbco.co.uk/ as there will be a good range to look at. You can also look at ideas in garden and housekeeping magazines and on social media.
Feather board and tongue and groove fencing are two very popular styles and can also be combined with a wooden trellis top, which adds a more decorative touch as well as being a good way to grow climbing plants such as ivy, honeysuckle or clematis. Wooden fencing usually comes in pre-prepared panels, but you can also have them bespoke made if you are after something specific.
Metal Fencing – This is a stylish choice and is usually more likely to be used at the front of the home rather than the back. Metal fencing is usually designed in the form of railings, and it can be designed to be simple and effective or can have a very ornate style. Bow top railings have rounded tops and are popular for front gardens as well as parks, or you can also get the type that have spiked or decorative tops which also add an additional element of security. As well as these styles, there is also the wore mesh style of fencing – this is a good choice for keeping animals in and safe, as well as adding extra security.
Hedging – Many people prefer to mark their garden boundaries with hedging rather than a wood or metal fence. Hedges are a great way to add more greenery to your garden and can also be a good home for local wildlife. Native plants are great for hedging, as for hundreds of years they have been used in the countryside for marking boundaries and they are hardy and tolerant of most soils. Hawthorn and blackthorn are not only great hedging plants, proving an array of spring blossoms and autumn fruits loved by birds and mammals but they also provide additional protection in the form of their dense branches and thorns.